Syracuse 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?

We do seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students. In addition to various questions on the application, we openly reference the resources available to LGBTQ+ persons and allies.

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

Identity group support for LGBTQ+ students, as well as for students of color or other minorities is mentioned in several of the publications included in the admissions packet as well as on our website which is referenced in the admissions packet.

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

We give applicants the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+.

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 collect both the legal name and the preferred name of applicants.

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

We don’t have scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students, but we do have inclusion scholarships that take into consideration factors including LGBTQ+ status.

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 law school has paid the registration and transportation fee for LGBTQ students to attend LGBTW-specific job fairs or conferences.

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

In searches for all positions (staff and faculty) we include diversity as a preferred qualification. We tailor our recruiting advertising efforts based on the type of position and the specialty area for faculty, but as often as possible we advertise in places specifically targeted to diversity candidates. Recently, faculty postings have been placed with the LGBT Bar Association, Campus Pride, and US.jobsDiversity, among others.  Additionally, while recruiting for faculty at the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference we filter our searches to specifically include candidates in LGBTQ+ categories.  For staff positions, the recruiting efforts have been through more unofficial means.  We share staff job postings with colleagues who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and request that they share with their networks.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
Syracuse University does not track these identifiers. At the College of Law, we have faculty who identify as L, G, B, T, Q, or other and are “out” but we don’t compile those numbers.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
As noted above, the University does not formally collect data on LGBTQ+ so it is not possible to report with any reliability this number. As with faculty, we do have LGBTQ+ staff and administrators in the College of Law but we don’t compile those numbers.
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

Syracuse University provides a wide variety of benefits of particular interest to LGBTQ+ employees, their legal spouses or same- or opposite-sex domestic partners and their children.  These include:  medical coverage for gender-confirming or affirming surgeries, mental health counseling and hormone therapy for transitioning individuals; a Faculty and Staff Assistance program to provide free counseling and resources; supplemental life insurance for same-sex domestic partners; paid time off policies that may be used for caring for or bereavement for family members including domestic partners; adoption assistance benefits to provide reimbursement for adoption-related expenses; and parental leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.

The University also provides all members of the SU community the ability to set a preferred name in the directory, which will display in most University systems including email.

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

In addition to pre-authorized services (determined on an individual basis), the Syracuse University Health Center strives to provide students with culturally competent and inclusive care. Services provided there include:  hormone therapy; continuation and monitoring of hormone injections for those with a pre-existing prescription and care plan; training for self-injection of hormones; nutritional counseling for hormone therapy.

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

The University coverage for benefits-eligible staff and faculty includes:  medical coverage for gender-confirming or affirming surgeries, mental health counseling and hormone therapy for transitioning individuals.

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):

In addition to pre-authorized services (determined on an individual basis), the Syracuse University Health Center strives to provide students with culturally competent and inclusive care. Services provided there include:  hormone therapy; continuation and monitoring of hormone injections for those with a pre-existing prescription and care plan; training for self-injection of hormones; nutritional counseling for hormone therapy.

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 law school provides a gender–inclusive restroom on every floor of our building.  All 5 floors have a bathroom that is labeled “All Gender Restroom”.  This is also an accessible restroom as well. This map is located on lgbt.syr.edu/trans and provides a the location of every All Gender bathroom on campus.  There is not a written policy for this, however during new student orientations and prospective student tours, this is something that our Ambassadors in the building point out.

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.)?
a. If so, please list course names
18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
No

For a number of years, we offered LAW 710: Sexual Orientation and the Law, a course which covered a range of LGBTQ+ materials. The course instructor has since left the university. We now offer LAW 835: Women and the Law, which includes some discussion of trans-inclusive and focused issues.

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?
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:

Our students are included in the umbrella Syracuse University Student Code of Conduct as well as the Students Rights and Responsibilities. As indicated below sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the policy.

Policy 2 states:
Non-Discrimination Students have the right not to be discriminated against by any agent or organization of Syracuse University for reasons of age, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, or any other protected class as described by law. In their individual roles as members of student organizations, students have the responsibility not to discriminate against others.

https://policies.syr.edu/policies/academic-rules-student-responsibilities-and-services/statement-of-student-rights-and-responsibilities/