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Petitioning President, Truman State University Troy Paino and 1 other

Truman State University Administration and Board of Governors: Extend Equal Benefits to Same-sex Domestic Partners of Faculty and Staff


FOR TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ONLY: The status quo unjustly burdens Truman State University faculty and staff in same-sex domestic partnerships. The University does not permit the coverage of same-sex domestic partners under the University health plan. A systematic, institutional injustice such as this reflects poorly on the University, its values and the philosophies which underpin the value of our degrees in the marketplace. 

Letter to
President, Truman State University Troy Paino
Chair, Truman State University Board of Governors Karen Haber
The status quo unjustly burdens Truman State University faculty and staff in same-sex domestic partnerships. The University does not permit the coverage of same-sex domestic partners under the University health plan; as such, the individuals in question are prevented from obtaining the lower premiums that result from group bargaining--instead, they are forced to shoulder the full cost of purchasing health insurance for loved ones on the open market.

We, the undersigned alumni of Truman State University, believe that this inequality should be remedied without delay. A systematic, institutional injustice such as this reflects poorly on the University, its values and the philosophies which underpin the value of our degrees in the marketplace.

Therefore, we respectfully call upon both the Board of Governors and Paino Administration, in conjunction with both the Faculty Senate and the Student Government, who have overwhelmingly passed a joint resolution to this effect earlier this year, to extend equal benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of University faculty and staff. This action will bring the University into compliance with Missouri State Executive Order 10-24, and into the company of both a super-majority of the nation's top fifty, four-year institutions as ranked by U.S. News and World Report and a majority of Fortune 500 firms. More importantly, this action will bring the University’s actions into better alignment with its own mission statement in regards to diversity and its own nondiscrimination policy.

We strongly urge the Board of Governors and Paino Administration to recognize and honor the inherent worth and dignity of every member of the Truman State University community.