Stetson embraces all aspects of diversity. With global citizenship and social justice among our core values, we invest considerable effort recruiting a diverse student body, including students from the LGBTQ+ community. Stetson Law has openly gay and lesbian faculty and staff, and LGBTQ+ students are active leaders in all areas of student life. The Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning actively identifies and successfully recruits nationally members of the LGBTQ+ community to consider Stetson Law for their legal education.
The Stetson Law school application has a gender question, which is optional, for applicants to either not respond or select “other” or transgender, as well as male or female options.
Yes. Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world.
Yes. Stetson University is concerned for the welfare of all employees and their dependents and acknowledges that employees may, upon occasion, need to request leaves of absence for a variety of medical or family reasons. The Family Medical and Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for a certain family and medical leaves. Eligible employees may be granted up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for one of the following reasons: the employee’s own serious health condition.
Cigna’s Coverage Position White Paper regarding Gender Dysphoria coverage. Benefits follow normal claim handling based on the type of provider, the services being rendered and the place of service. Effectively, transition is handled the same as any other condition. Therefore, you will not see ‘transition’ featured separately in the benefit summaries or in the SPDs.
Health plan coverage: Your health plan provides coverage for medically necessary treatment, which may include:
- › Gender-affirming surgery2
- › Hormone therapy
- › Required lab testing
- › Behavioral counseling
- › Routine medical care
Cigna Medical Coverage Policy 0266, “Treatment of Gender Dysphoria.”
Education: We provide several public access online resources to help educate you, your family and your friends:
- › LGBTQ health and disparities
- › Current issues in transgender care
- › Gender identity and transgender concerns
- › Ways to talk with family members
Yes. Our Mental Health Counseling Services supports the mission and values of Stetson University and that of the Office of Student Affairs by providing proactive, responsive and effective counseling services for our students. Our on-campus counselor promotes the holistic wellness, self-exploration and personal growth of our students through confidential counseling, outreach and programming, consultation, crisis response, and connection with campus and community partners. Our Mental Health counselor is committed to providing ethical, competent and current services consistent with national best practices in professional counseling. Our services continually meet the changing needs of our growing and diversifying student population while helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and help-seeking behavior. We are proud to provide professional counseling services, at no cost, to our College of Law students.
Yes, gender-inclusive restrooms are available in several locations and levels on campus. The gender-inclusive restrooms have prominent signage outside each restroom door that clearly notates an “All Gender Restroom – anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression.”
Yes, gender-inclusive restrooms are available in several locations on campus. The gender-inclusive restrooms have prominent signage outside each restroom door that clearly notates an “All Gender Restroom – anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression.”
Yes. Stetson offers a number of courses related to gender and sexuality issues, including:
- Law and Sexual Orientation
- Constitutional Law and the Civil Rights Movement
- Feminist Jurisprudence
- Family Law
- Adoption Law
- Reproductive Technology and the Law
- Employment Discrimination
- International Law of Human Rights
One of the pioneers in the field of lesbian jurisprudence, Ruthann Robson ’79, is a member of the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame and former visiting professor at Stetson.
All students while attending Stetson Law are eligible for the Professional Development Travel Fund of up to $500.00 per event, and up to a maximum of $1000.00/student during their enrolled period in law school, to attend professional development opportunities. LGBTQ+ students have attended Lavender Law, which is an annual national conference and job fair for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Stetson students have worked on service projects for Equality Florida, ACLU and the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas County, and others have interned at LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations including LAMBDA Legal Society.
Stetson students helped successfully advocate for the City of Gulfport, home of the law school, to pass a human rights ordinance protecting citizens from being denied services based on sexuality. Gulfport was the first city in Pinellas County, Florida to create a domestic partnership registry to extend legal rights related to health care and dependent education to domestic partners. LGBTQ+ students are involved in every facet of student life, including the Student Bar Association, Stetson Law Review, our award-winning advocacy boards, and a number of other organizations. Stetson students have worked on service projects for Equality Florida and the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, and others have interned at LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations.