The new president of the University of Missouri system wants curators to soon decide whether to offer domestic partner benefits to campus workers.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that president Tim Wolfe says the Board of Curators should take up the issue before the end of the year. Some professors and other employees have long sought to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples.
Wolfe told the newspaper that "we owe our great employees and potential employees a decision."
Supporters of such expanded benefits include Columbia campus chancellor Brady Deaton and Missouri athletic director Mike Alden.
They note that more than 300 colleges and universities already have such perks in place for faculty and staff. So do many of the nation's Fortune 500 companies.