Michigan State University College of Law

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

We seek to recruit a diverse class of students but we have not had specific LGBT outreach.

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

We provide information to all admitted students about ways in which we support a diverse student body, including LGBTQI students.

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

Our application provides a place to self-identify as LGBT.

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

We provide students the option to tell us the name by which they would like to be referred in all correspondence with the law college.

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

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion office provides support for a variety of conference and learning activities for students, including our LGBTQI community.

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

Our law college seeks to employ a diverse faculty and posts positions accordingly.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
5
Lesbian
1
Gay
2
Bisexual
1
Queer
1
How many out LGBTQ+ faculty of color does your institution currently employ in total?
10
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
3
Gay
2
Bisexual
1
How many out LGBTQ+ staff members/administrators of color does your institution currently employ in total?
4
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
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
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.)?

Signage clarifies it is a gender neutral restroom.  On building map but we have tried to make students aware through work of mouth and student meetings.

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.)?
No
a. If so, please list course names

Law & Gender is not taught every year.  And, our Child, Family & the State course specifically addresses family formation and dissolution issues related to LGBT couples.

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?

Yes; we are in the process of developing a reporting process.

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
No
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:

We have a robust Triangle Bar Association that coordinates programming with many other student groups.  Good faculty support for the group.  Excellent DEI programming and support overall for our student body.  Our dean and administration is committed to making MSU College of Law a safe, diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment.