The University of Rochester envisions itself as a community that welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of teaching, research, patient care, performance, and community service. In a pluralistic culture, that community includes faculty, students, and staff who represent important differences. The University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees, without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
The University covers domestic partners* in many of its policies including:
Family Medical Leave Act; Death in the Immediate Family or Household;
Postponement of Promotion or Tenure Review; Modified Duties for New Parents.
Domestic partners can be enrolled in some benefit plans, including health,
dental, life insurance and tuition benefits.
*Domestic partners must have an exclusive mutual commitment, similar to that of marriage, but the partners cannot become legally married.
In 2008, Strong Memorial Hospital, at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was one of only 88 participating hospitals from across the country that responded to the Healthcare Equality Index. This report produced by the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association measures how equitably hospitals in the United States treat their LGBT patients and employees.