Gonzaga School of Law

1. Does your law school intentionally seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students?
No
a. If so, how and where are your efforts directed?
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

Not at this time, however all students learn about our Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center during new student orientation. Information is shared during presentation from Office of Student Success and Resource Center is a stop on the New Student Orientation Campus Tour. This includes a presentation at the Resource Center.

See Center web page – https://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-services/lgbtq-resources

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
No

Not at this time.

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

We do not have any scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students, however, we have a few diversity scholarships that may include opportunities for this group.

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, the law school is often a sponsor for the state-wide QLaw Annual Banquet, which provides students an opportunity to attend for free with some travel funding support.

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
No
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed

No intentional efforts, however, Gonzaga University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual

orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other non-merit factor in employment, educational program, or activities that it operates.

See equity and inclusion – https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/equity-inclusion

See Affirmative Action Plan – https://docs.gonzaga.edu/Campus-Resources/Offices-and-Services-A-Z/Human-Resources/Policies-and-Procedures-Manual/files/PPM1.1.2017.pdf

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
Gonzaga Law has no formal process for identifying or tracking LGBTQ+ status; there is one self-identifying LGBTQ+ faculty member.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
Gonzaga Law has no formal process for identifying or tracking LGBTQ+ status; there are two self-identifying 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

The Gonzaga University benefits are available to legally married spouses (regardless of gender). In compliance with the State law, Gonzaga also covers State Registered domestic partners of opposite sex, over the age of 62. Under Washington State Leave laws there could be leave available to domestic partners.

11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

The University does not provide student insurance to domestic students; Gonzaga has a close partnership with the Washington State Exchange that allows students to enroll in a plan that best meets their medical needs.

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Our medical plan covers medically necessary health benefits to all covered employees and their spouses.

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):

Not applicable, students are not covered under Gonzaga Employee Benefits.

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?
Yes

The University provides a variety of diversity and inclusion training sessions for faculty and staff. At this time we are exploring mandatory diversity and inclusion training as an outcome of our campus climate survey.

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.)?

Yes. The signs state “All Gender Restroom.” Not currently listed on building maps, map will be updated. There are no published statements or policies at this time.

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

https://www.gonzaga.edu/-/media/Website/Documents/Academics/School-of-Law/Academics/Curriculum/Course-Descriptions-1-09-19.ashx?la=en&hash=39153E52BD72D145E4C6D54160474A6F9DE12472

  • Law and Sexuality
  • Women and the Law
  • Comparative Women’s rights
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Civil Liberties
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Family Law
  • Transnational Family 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?
Yes
a. If so, does that process specifically identify sexual orientation, gender identity, or both as protected categories?

https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion/bias-team

To that end, the Bias Incident Assessment and Support (BIAS) Team is committed to fostering a campus environment where everyone feels safe and respected. We include within that commitment a desire to uphold everyone’s right to freedom of expression. Our responsibilities include supporting people and groups who experience bias incidents (defined below), monitoring and reporting on those incidents, and recommending educational initiatives to minimize bias.

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: