The University of Iowa 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?

The College of Law invites all diverse undergraduate students in Iowa and many from adjacent states to its annual Bridge Program which is designed to acquaint underrepresented undergraduates with law school. The College invites students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ .

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

The College of Law hosts a student activities fair during the first weeks of the fall semester. At this event, student groups including OUTLAWS seek members and allies. The College’s welcome packet for admitted students invites students to this event.

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

The College of Law offers students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in its Personal or Diversity Statements.

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.

The College of Law provides financial support to students who wish to attend Lavender Law or other similar 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

We actively seek to employ diverse faculty/staff/administrators, although all aspects of diversity, in as many ways as possible.  In addition to posting jobs in a variety of publications and outlets, we try to advertise job postings through diverse listserves and other channels that reach diverse communities.

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

Gender Transition – All of the health plans offered through the University of Iowa provide benefits for medically necessary covered services associated with gender transition when ordered by a health professional. Please contact Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield at 800-643-9724 for more information and to discuss the gender transition medical policy.

Eligibility for dependents: https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/dependent-eligibility

Eligible Dependents are Defined as:

  • Your legal spouse of the opposite or same sex
  • Your common law spouse of the opposite or same sex (affidavit required)
  •  Your domestic partner of the opposite or same sex (affidavit required)
  • Your child* up to the end of the year in which they turn age 26
  • Your child* age 26 or older, who is enrolled in an accredited educational institution as a full-time student
  • Your disabled child* age 26 or older, who is unmarried, claimed as a dependent on your tax return and who is receiving benefits from Medicare or the social security administration due to disability.

A child is defined as your natural child; stepchild or domestic partner’s child; legally adopted child or child placed in your home for the purpose of adoption; your foster child; your child for whom you have legal guardianship; or your natural child for whom a court orders to be covered.

Eligible children may be covered through 12/31 of the year in which they reach age 26 without tax implications. Coverage for children who are full-time students or disabled can continue as long as they continue in that status; however, there are tax implications for those who do not qualify as tax dependents per IRS rules.

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
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 sign says restroom with a male/female image

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
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.

· Campus Inclusion Team 

· Equal Opportunity and Diversity 

Overview: https://diversity.uiowa.edu/report-concern

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 history of diversity and a current commitment to DEI are incorporated in courses throughout the curriculum; the College has charged a Diversity Committee that is very active and includes faculty, staff, and administrators; the faculty hold informal academic workshops on teaching about diversity to diverse students; The University offers College of Law faculty support in learning more about DEI-related issues at its Center for Teaching; the College of Law provides financial and administrative support for student organizations focused on DEI related issues; and finally the majority of the College of Law’s administrative leadership is comprised of diverse faculty and staff, including at least one out LGBTQ faculty member.