University of Idaho 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?

Chair of Admissions Committee and Associate Dean over Admissions Office is gay, does personal outreach, and serves as a mentor to students individually as well as the active OUTLaw student organization.  LGBTQIA students are hired as law school ambassadors.  Self identified members of the community at the applicant stage receive tailored marketing communication.  The College also works with the main University diversity and equity offices to ensure students feel comfortable approaching staff and faculty.

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?
No

No, but we permit a diversity addendum which usually results in students self identifying.

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 will work with students who put different names on their application than may be legally identified at the time.  We also added a question recently for applicants to self identify their pronouns.

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?
No
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.
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 staff and faculty positions are posted nationwide in order to ensure we reach the widest potential applicant pool possible.

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?
2
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?
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
12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
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):
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?
Yes
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.)?

We converted 6 restrooms in our Moscow building to single occupancy, gender neutral restrooms.  There are two on each floor.  Our Boise building does not have a gender-neutral restroom in the building but being on the Capital Mall of Boise there are government buildings nearby with them.  We have identified these restrooms for students on a map in Moscow and via email in Boise.

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 Legal Studies and Race, Gender 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

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:

One would not think a law school with two locations in Idaho, one in rural Northern Idaho and one in Boise, would be as inclusive as we are.  Our faculty and staff are extremely committed to creating an inclusive environment for students and go out of our way, sometimes at our own obnoxiousness and detriment, to address experiences shared that are contrary to our values.