When we search for prospective student names or recruit at colleges and universities, we specifically seek out students who have identified as LGBTQ+ or affinity student organizations that serve LGBTQ+ communities and do specific outreach to them.
Students are allowed in our application process to identify how they wish with an open text question.
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.
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.”
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.
There is signage with a silhouette of a male and female on it.
Critical theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar; Gender and the Law; and Sex, Sexuality and the Law; Sexual Harassment Seminar; Sexual Violence Seminar; Employment Discrimination-16 hours; Workplace bias-8 hours; Social Justice and the Law
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.
There are several faculty and administrators who have had Safezone training and are identified as such on our office doors. The admissions committee and every hiring committee at the College of Law undergoes implicit bias training before the admission year begins or before hiring for open positions.
Focus groups 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. We are currently in our strategic planning process for the next five years of the College (this process happens every five years) and we are very much thinking about how to make our community safer for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators.