This story will be updated. Corrected at 12:30 p.m. to reflect when the vote was taken.
Employees of the University of Missouri system will now be able to include their same-sex partner on their medical, dental and retirement plans.
The system's Board of Curators approved the benefit changes yesterday, the conclusion of an effort that began in 2011. A couple would have to be living together for at least a year in order to be eligible.
University of Missouri curators want to see more spending cuts in non-academic programs before they agree to raise tuition at the system's four campuses.
The governing board met Thursday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to discuss a proposed tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.
Administrators are recommending a 7.5 percent tuition increase for Missouri residents attending the Columbia campus and even larger increases at the St. Louis and Rolla campuses. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.
The University of Missouri has chosen its next president and expects to announce its decision next week. Board of Curators chairman Warren Erdman says a search committee began with a pool of more than 100 candidates from academic and non-academic backgrounds alike.
"We had four interviews and we worked our way down to a couple second interviews," Erdman said. "Then there were a few telephone follow-ups. In the end, the committee recommended a single finalist."
University of Missouri curators will meet behind closed doors Monday night for the second time in two weeks as they continue to search for a new system president.
The governing boards' Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to meet at University Hall in Columbia and by teleconference for out-of-town curators. The search committee meetings are closed to the public.
Curators' chairman Warren Erdman said in October that he expected the board to soon narrow the presidential search to an unspecified number of finalists.