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The Equity and Research Committee inquired into the availability of the following domestic partner benefits: bereavement leave, COBRA coverage, dental insurance, employee assistance programs, flexible spending accounts, recreational facilities availability, health insurance, library services, parental leave, spousal/partner job placement, tuition waivers, voluntary life insurance policies, and imputed tax relief. The table on the next page ranks those peer institutions designated by AAU and THEC according to the availability of these benefits. In ranking the institutions, each benefit was given equal weight. Currently, the University of Tennessee provides only one of the aforementioned benefits to the partners of LGBT employees.

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