Penn State Law

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

Our application asks an optional question where applicants can discuss their sexual orientation and/or gender identity if they so choose. Admitted students who have identified themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ community receive specific outreach from Outlaw. We also have a variety of outreach efforts to diverse student populations, including LGBTQ+ 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?
Yes
3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes
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
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.

We regularly support Outlaw members attending Lavender Law.

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

All of our hiring announcements specify that we seek a diverse pool, and depending on the position we circulate hiring announcements to websites and email lists for diverse populations, including LGBTQ+ people.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
2
Lesbian
1
Gay
1
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
3
Lesbian
3
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
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

“Gender Reassignment Surgery/Transgender Services are covered at 90 percent after deductible (in-network) and 70 percent after deductible (out of network) for Faculty/Staff PPO and PPO Savings and Technical Service PPO and PPO Savings Plans.”

(https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campus-community-diversity/lgbtq-community/transgender-and-non-binary-penn-state)

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):

“The student insurance currently covers Gender Dysphoria. Students that may have more detailed questions or concerns can contact an expert in Gender Dysphoria benefits with United Healthcare at any time.”

(https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campus-community-diversity/lgbtq-community/transgender-and-non-binary-penn-state)

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.)?

Our building has two bathrooms marked all genders. Penn State University also has a policy that students, staff, faculty, and visitors may use the restroom or facility that is consistent with their gender identity.

(https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/campus-community-diversity/lgbtq-community/transgender-and-non-binary-penn-state)

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

Sexuality and the Law is offered once every other year.

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 (the law school is governed by Penn State’s general policy: https://policy.psu.edu/policies/ad85)

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:

As of the fall of 2018, the law school has an Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, meant to be a clear contact point for students and student groups to support an inclusive school environment.