I am deeply committed to creating and sustaining a living, learning, and working environment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that is free from sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking. Today, I am writing to inform you about two developments related to those issues.
I am pleased to tell you that the State of Tennessee’s Benefits Administration is now accepting and processing insurance applications from same-sex married couples. This change applies to all eligible UT faculty and staff and is the result of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Improving faculty and staff pay and rewarding quality performance are critical to our goal of becoming a top public research university, so I’m pleased that this is the fifth year we’ve been able to provide funding for salary increases.