Ohio State University School 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 direct our efforts to admitted students who have self identified as LGBTQ on our application. We have our OUTLAWS student organization and our out faculty reach out to admitted students to answer any questions that they might have about the law school.

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 don’t have a welcome packet but we have emails that discuss the support for students of color and other affinity groups here at the law school.

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

Yes we do. It also allows you to indicate gender identity as you would like.

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 offer students the opportunity to give us a preferred name in addition to a legal name.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes
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. They can apply for travel grants through the Office of Career Services and from the Professional Development Fund of the Interprofessional Council of The Ohio State University.

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 faculty rules expressly require equal opportunity with respect to “age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and other categories covered in the University nondiscrimination policy.” University policy states our commitment to affirmative action and the building of a diverse community in all these respect. Diversity with respect to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the other categories listed above is part of the charge given to the Appointments Committee, which receives diversity training at the start of the academic year. We have enjoyed considerable success over the years in making offers to and recruiting LGBTQ+ individuals to join our faculty, both through the AALS process for entry-level hires and the lateral market.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
Three of them identify as such.
How many out LGBTQ+ faculty of color does your institution currently employ in total?
1
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
Unknown
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

Employees of the Law School offers benefits covered under The Ohio State University’s health plans. Same-sex marriages are legal in the state of Ohio, thus same-sex couples who are married and if one spouse is employed by the institution are eligible to participate in the health plans. As the university defines it, “spouse” is defined as “an individual whose marriage to a covered employee is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for federal income tax purposes.”

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?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Health plan offers authorization of gender reassignment surgery. In addition, OSU has a transgender primary care clinic which provides follow up care services and accepts OSU health insurance.

Transgender Primary Care Clinic 

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):
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. Law students have access through a counselor embedded in the law school and through university counseling services.

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 do. There is a silhouette of a man and woman on the signage.

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

Critical theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar; Gender and the Law; and Sex, Sexuality and the 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?

Yes we do and both sexual orientation and gender identity are 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:

There are several of us that have undergone Safezone training and are identified as such on our office doors. The office of admissions along with the faculty chair of the faculty diversity & inclusion committee has recently had a focus group with our OUTLAWS student organization to ask them what drew them to Moritz and how we can be better about delivering that information to admitted students and improving the environment here at the law school.