USF President Judy Genshaft said the Tampa-based school plans to start offering full domestic partner benefits to employees. The benefits would cover both heterosexual and same-sex couples, although the university is still hammering out the final details and eligibility requirements.
The University of South Florida has budgeted around $500,000 to provide the benefits, all of which comes from concessions or other budget sources, not money allocated by the state, paid in tuition or received from the USF Foundation. Obviously the school is expecting push back from ultra-conservative groups, which is why they are carefully finding funding sources. Genshaft is clear that she is ready to move forward, however hard she is fought:
We believe it's the right thing to do, and we'll work to make it happen this year.