The University of Akron 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?

At Akron Law, we strive to enroll as diverse a class as possible, and this includes welcoming LGBTQ+ students. We participate in a number of general diversity events in an effort to recruit a diverse class, which includes LGBTQ+ diversity.

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?
No

Akron Law’s Admitted Student Packet primarily focuses on dates, deadlines, and general enrollment requirements. However, we do make all students aware of available resources and student organizations during Orientation and the start of the term.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
No

We do not specifically have a question for self-identification as LGBTQ+ on our application. However, we do have an open Personal Statement, where applicants are free to write about a topic of their choice. Students can use this space to self-identify or can attach a separate diversity statement.

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

Our application does ask for a legal name, as well as a preferred name.

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

All incoming student scholarships are merit-based, and are thus awarded on a standard compilation of student merit.

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.

The University of Akron School of Law Career Services Office has a professional development fund where our students can apply for funds to cover the cost to attend and travel to career fairs. We have funded students to attend Lavender Law in prior years. We have also worked with GLSA in the past to cover the registration costs to attend 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

The University of Akron School of Law seeks to employ diverse faculty, staff, and administrators.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
1
Lesbian
1
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
1
Lesbian
1
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?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

The University of Akron does not offer health benefits to students.

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

Employees of the University of Akron School of Law are subject to the terms and conditions of University of Akron health insurance plans. Coverage varies based on the employee’s choice of plan.

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):

The University of Akron does not offer health benefits to students.

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.)?

The University of Akron School of Law has two gender-neutral restrooms that are identified by signs that identify the toilet equipment available in the bathroom, not the gender of the person invited to use the bathroom.

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

Such courses have been offered in the past and may be offered in the future.

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

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:

The University of Akron School of Law seeks to recruit and support students, faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are important components of a well-rounded education. Additionally, the University of Akron School of Law has appointed Professor Brant Lee as Director of the school’s Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives. Under Professor Lee’s leadership, the University of Akron School of Law has created three initiatives focused on diversity and social justice: (1) a Social Justice Lawyering Seminar and Public Policy Clinic where students examine the role of lawyers in social justice movements and work with nonprofits or government entities on law reform projects; (2) a Social Justice Fellows program; and (3) a new student chapter of the American Constitution Society.