Georgia State University College of Law

1. Does your law school intentionally seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students?
Yes
a. If so, how and where are your efforts directed?

While the College of Law has not specifically held or sponsored events exclusively for LGBTQ+ prospective students, the College has attended and participated in recruiting and admissions events for LGBTQ+ prospective students.

2. Does your law school's welcome packet for admitted students include mention of identity group support for LGBTQ+ students, as well as for students of color or other minorities?
No

The admitted student brochure does not include any information on any student organization.  However, information is provided on identity organizations in multiple marketing publications, during orientation, updated on our website, and made available throughout a student’s time at the institution.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes

While not on the application, the College of Law does encourage a statement of diversity as part of the application process where students may choose to self-identify.  Additionally, there are other forms throughout their enrollment that provides for self-disclosure/identification.

4. Does your law school offer transgender students who have not legally changed their names the ability to have their name of choice on admission applications or post enrollment forms?
Yes

Yes, following admission and prior to the start of classes, students can submit a “preferred name” request that replaces the legal first name in the campus directory, rosters, and other faculty facing portals.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
No

Unfortunately, we do not currently have any endowed scholarships specifically for LGBT+ students.

6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
Yes
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

Yes, there is funding available for students to attend LGBTQ+ professional development events and programs either through the University Multicultural office, the SBA or through the COL Dean of Students Office.

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
Yes
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed
8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
10. Does your law school provide benefits such as health insurance, family medical leave, parental leave, and nontraditional family planning such as in vitro fertilization and/or adoptive benefits on equal terms to same-sex couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships as are provided to different-sex married or registered domestic partner couples?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Health coverage, family medical leave, parental leave and other benefits are the same for same sex and different sex married couples.  The institution does not recognize domestic partnerships (either same or different sex) for purposes of benefits.

“Eligible Dependents Are Defined As: Your legal spouse; your natural, adopted, or stepchild(ren), up to age 26; your disabled child(ren) with proof of disability.

Domestic Partner Coverage Change: Domestic partners and domestic partner dependent children will no longer be eligible for coverage due to the new same sex spouse ruling. A copy of an official marriage certificate and birth certificate (for children) is needed to add your spouse and dependent children to your coverage.

Coverage for nontraditional family planning depends on the insurance coverage selected by the employee (there are at least three different plans to choose from with all coverage information included at the beginning of the enrollment period).

11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

The same policy applies to any student required or who elects to purchase the university insurance (even if the insurance policies offered are different)

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here
13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):
14. Do all students at your law school have access to counseling and/or therapy services either through the law school or the larger University?
Yes
15. Does your law school provide at least bi-annual mandatory diversity and inclusion training that incorporates robust LGBTQ+ curriculum, for all staff/faculty/administrators?
No
16. Does your law school provide a gender-inclusive restroom in any and/or all law school buildings?
Yes
a. How is that restroom identified (i.e., what does the signage say, is it identified on building maps, is there a gender-inclusive restroom policy that applies to all restrooms and where is that statement published, etc.)?

The College of Law has gender inclusive restrooms on two floors.  The university identifies the restrooms on line so that the information is available to any student/faculty/staff requesting that information: https://multicultural.gsu.edu/gender-neutral-restrooms/.

17. Does your law school have one or more annual LGBTQ+ course offerings (e.g., LGBT Law and Policy, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Gender and the Law (taught with trans-inclusive and focused materials), etc.)?
Yes
a. If so, please list course names

Sexual Identity and the Law, Women and the Law, Introduction to Bioethics, Public Health law and Human rights and Children are all courses offered regularly at the College of law.

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes
19. Does your law school have a hate/bias incident policy that students are required to follow?
No
a. If so, does that process specifically identify sexual orientation, gender identity, or both as protected categories?
b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
20. Please describe all additional ways, not identified through your responses, that your law school works to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators:

GSU College of Law is committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff.  Through open dialogue, programming and constant evaluation of the academic and co-curricular program, we continue to strive to be safe, inclusive and welcome.