University of Florida Levin 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?

Yes, we pull contact information on prospective students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or express an interest in LGBTQ+ student groups in the application process. We send each of these applicants a letter from the President of OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student group, sharing opportunities and resources available to our students at UF Law.

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?
Yes

Yes. Our orientation packet includes information on all of our student organizations, including our LGBTQ+ student organization, OutLaw; Black Law Student Organization (BLSA); Asian and Pacific American Law Student Organization (APLSA); Caribbean Law Students Association (CLSA); Cuban American Bar Association (CABA); Latino Law Student Association (LLSA); Native American Law Student Association (NALSA).

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

Yes. It is asked under the “Optional” portion of the application.

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. Students may select a “previous name” and “preferred name” option in our law school application process. Students may also change their name through our internal tracking system.

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

No. All applicants, regardless of background, are considered for scholarship awards upon application completion.

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. We provide funding for travel and hotel expenses for students to attend the National LGBT Bar Conference and Lavender Law Career Fair; pay for student membership fees to LGBTQ+ organizations; provide funding for students to participate in LGBTQ+ events and volunteer opportunities; and provide financial support for OutLaw, our LGBTQ+ student organization.

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

Yes. If/when voluntary self-identification is offered by candidates, we very much consider this factor in our efforts to employ diverse staff, faculty and administration. We otherwise do not have any focused recruitment efforts in this area.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
6
How many out LGBTQ+ faculty of color does your institution currently employ in total?
2
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
4
How many out LGBTQ+ staff members/administrators of color does your institution currently employ in total?
2
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

Yes. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible for domestic partner health insurance. This insurance is available to both same- and opposite-sex partners as well as to children of the employee and partner so long as the required criteria outlined on the domestic partner affidavit is satisfied. More information is available via: https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/my-benefits/eligible-dependents

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

We offer services, but not benefits. Services are available to students and their same-sex partners. Our student health care center offers LGBTQ+ care and resources, including transgender services, and a network of comprehensive resources. More information may be found via: https://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/university-shcc-fees/spouse-domestic-partner-care/ and https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/lgbtq-care-resources/

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

Not specifically designated as such, but it may be covered under general health benefits.

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

We offer services, but not benefits. Services are available to students and their same-sex partners. Our student health care center offers LGBTQ+ care and resources, including transgender services, and a network of comprehensive resources. More information is available via: https://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance/university-shcc-fees/spouse-domestic-partner-care/ and https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/lgbtq-care-resources/

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

Yes. Counseling and/or therapy services are provided on-site at the law school, as well as through university resources. The law school campus is situated within the larger university campus so our students, faculty, and staff have access to campus-wide resources and offerings.

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.)?

Yes, we have one restroom designated as “multi-gender”. The law school is currently undergoing renovations to create more student-centered, collaborative and inclusive spaces. This renovation will add two multi-gender restrooms to our campus for a total of three.

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

(2018-2019) courses:

Family Law Policy; Social Justice Lawyering; Adoption Law; Family Law; Child, Parent and State Law; Florida Juvenile Dependency Law

(2019-2020) courses:

Sexuality and the Law

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes

Yes. OutLaw is our active, LGBTQ+ student group that hosts programming and social events for LGBTQ+ students and allies.

In addition to the law school group, the University hosts an LGBTQ Affairs student organization that strives to educate, advocate, and support LGBTQ people at UF and in the Gainesville community. Through student-centered programming, outreach, community building, and advocacy, this group is committed to creating a safe and affirming campus-community for students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

Our University also sponsors an LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, through which members of our law school faculty serve. The Advisory Committee is a vehicle for a systematic and periodic assessment of the quality of life of LGBTQ individuals at the university, making recommendations for educational programming, establishment of specific services and programs, and other similar matters. Additionally, the committee examines and recommends revisions in university policies and procedures that may have potentially adverse effects for LGBT individuals and serves as a forum in which various individuals and groups can express concerns.

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?

Yes

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
Yes
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:

Students, faculty, and staff at the Levin College of Law are part of an active and diverse community. We remind our students that their interaction with other students from varied backgrounds and experiences leads to a better education and healthier understanding of how the world works. More importantly, this foundation contributes to valuable dialogue in our increasingly global and multicultural world. Indeed, success in the 21st-century workplace requires a mature understanding of diversity and community. We urge our students to reach beyond their comfort zone by embracing and interacting with those different from themselves in terms of race, religion, class, belief system, gender, and sexual orientation.