The law school actively recruits faculty and staff candidates from all underrepresented groups, including LGBTQ+. We strive to advertise our positions in a variety of publications, including those targeting diverse populations. During the screening process for new faculty members, we are attentive to whether a candidate would add to the diversity of our faculty, and we ask specific questions in our interviews to discern whether candidates are thoughtful about issues related to diversity and inclusion. Before the faculty votes on offers, we take time as a group to discuss how each finalist would contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The University provides the same parental leave benefits to both mothers and fathers. Health benefits: Infertility services are not covered. However Mammograms, prostate exams and hysterectomies are covered based on medical necessity to enrolled participants of all genders. If these services have an infertility diagnosis, they would not be covered.
The policy will consider benefits for transition related healthcare the same for the insured student and their insured partner/spouse. Transition related healthcare will be considered the same as any other sickness.
The Student Health Center provides care to any student seeking evaluation and treatment for an acute or chronic illness, injury or other medical concern. For students seeking to initiate transition, we can provide information about local resources and referral to local specialists. For students already in transition, we can coordinate care with your current physician to provide support for ongoing treatment by renewing prescription medications, administering injectable medications and referral to local specialists, if the need arises. The Student Health Center (SHC) is supportive of a fully inclusive campus and all staff members are Safe Zone trained. We actively encourage students to share their gender identity, preferred name and preferred pronoun and to update this information at any time. The clinicians at the SHC follow the best practices for transgender health care, as outlined by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in their Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People.
The law school has nine single-stall restrooms identified with the language “All Gender Restroom.” Six of the nine are accessible.
The University of Richmond believes that individuals should use whatever restroom facility meets their individual needs. We also recognize that some individuals would prefer to use a gender-inclusive restroom and the University of Richmond has created a Gender Inclusive Bathroom Guide to assist those looking for these on campus (available online on our Common Ground website at https://commonground.richmond.edu/common/pdfs/GenderInclusiveMap.pdf)
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law
We provide $200-$500 of funding to students who want to travel to legal conferences or events. This includes LGBTQ+ focused conferences like Lavender Law (we have funded student travel to this conference previously). We also fund an LGBTQ+ affinity group at the law school, and that group holds networking and other events focused on and for LGBTQ+ individuals.
In addition to the items listed above, Richmond Law and our student orgs host events throughout the year on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Additionally, we respect and list students’ preferred name versus legal name, and allow for gender changes in our data system without a legal gender marker change.