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 Campus and Student Life at 773-702-5243 or or complete a Statement of Domestic Partnership form. Once approved by Campus and Student Life, 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, after they have received an approved Statement of Domestic Partnership form. In order to obtain access to recreational facilities, 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.

Following the landmark 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage, the University conducted a review of its domestic partners program and determined that the underlying reason for the creation of the program no longer exists.  As a result, the University revised the program to reflect the change in law and, also, to respect the relationships of our students currently participating in the program or who register as domestic partners before July 1, 2017.

Students who have a domestic partnership registered with the University (via Human Resources or Campus and Student Life) prior to June 30, 2017, will be grandfathered under the existing program and will continue to receive domestic partner privileges as long as they remain in their existing partnership. After July 1, 2017, new students and their partners or current students who are not grandfathered in to the existing domestic benefit partners program will need to be married or be in a civil union to receive partnership privileges.

The Campus and Student Life website provides details on the process and verifications required to register a domestic partner under the current policy, as well as additional information on this policy change.