Amendment One goes to a vote in less than 20 days, but UNC has yet to release any plans on whether it would alter policies to maintain benefits for faculty, staff and students if the referendum is approved.
A poll released by Public Policy Polling projects the amendment will pass on May 8. University spokesman Mike McFarland wrote in an email that it is too early to speculate on policy changes.
But Terri Phoenix, director of UNC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center, feels differently.
“How people are saying (the benefits) are not going to be impacted is beyond me,” Phoenix said.
“I have no idea why (the University is) not being more proactive to ensure all of our students, staff and faculty get to keep the benefits that exist,” Phoenix said. “It should be a priority.”
Amendment One would revise the North Carolina constitution to say that marriage between a man and a woman would be the only recognized legal domestic union.
As UNC is a public university, benefits it offers to couples who are not legally married might be canceled if eligibility criteria are not changed.
Some vulnerable benefits for same sex spouses and partners of students and employees include health insurance, on-campus housing and campus recreation memberships, Phoenix said.
Marty Pomerantz, director of campus recreation, wrote in an email that if Amendment One passes he would change eligibility requirements for memberships so that the change has no real effect.