Domestic Partnership Policy

A domestic partnership is defined as two individuals, of the same gender, who live together in a long-term relationship of indefinite duration, with an exclusive mutual commitment in which the partners agree to be jointly responsible for each other's common welfare and share financial responsibilities. The partners may not be related by blood to a degree of closeness that would prohibit legal marriage in the state in which they legally reside and may not be married to any other person.

Privileges will be extended to a student's domestic partner and partner's child(ren) for the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP), housing, athletic facilities, and libraries. Students who wish to enroll their domestic partner and/or their child(ren) for these privileges should contact the Benefits Office, 970 East 58th Street, 3rd floor, (773-702-9634) to request a Statement of Domestic Partnership form. Once approved by the Benefits Office, the statement will certify that the student's partnership meets the University's requirements.

If a student wishes to enroll their domestic partner and/or partner's child(ren) in U-SHIP, the student will need to complete the on-line U-SHIP enrollment process for themselves and any dependents, as well as complete and submit the Statement of Domestic Partnership form to the Benefits Office. In order to obtain gym, library, and/or housing privileges, the student will need to present their approved Statement of Domestic Partnership at the appropriate office.

• Athletic and Recreational Sports - Ratner Athletic Center, 5530 South Ellis Ave., Front Desk

• Library - Regenstein ID Privileges Office, 1100 East 57th St., 1st floor (bring partner)

• Housing - Residential Services, 5100 South Dorchester Ave.