UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman Considers Authority in Same-Sex Benefits Ruling

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman is considering his authority in extending limited benefits to same-sex partners of employees without approval from the Board of Regents.

Academic Senate President John Wunder has proposed benefits including use of campus recreation facilities and use of university leave policies for domestic partners.

Perlman says the series of informal benefits would not require the university to allocate any resources.

Regent Howard Hawks of Omaha says the issue has not come before the regents yet because it is too early in the game. The specifics would still need to be worked out.

Board of Regents Chairman Don Blank says he couldn't see the measure getting by without approval from the board.

He says maybe Perlman had a way that matter could be handled without coming to the regents, though he found that hard to envision.