NSU Law is dedicated to an inclusive law school community. We invest considerable effort recruiting a diverse student body, including students from the LGBTQ+ community. Students can self-identify through the LSAC Portal. Also. students can join our LGBTQ+ student organization, Lambda Law Society. NSU Law offers a welcoming and engaging environment for LGBTQ students. In addition, we note that South Florida has a significant and active LGBTQ community that provides additional support as well as a place where students seeking to engage in legal issues relating to the LGBTQ community may gain practical experience.
The law school is currently revising the responses to include an option for self-identifying as LGBTQ+.
During the admissions process we will utilize their preferred name but once enrolled their given name will be used unless officially changed by the court and supporting documents are submitted.
The College of Law for student access scholarship opportunities from outside organizations; many are from specific bar associations or other community associations focused on a diverse population.
NSU Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity policy seeks to employ qualified members of minority groups and ensures that no discriminatory hiring or employment practices shall exist. In line with this policy, all employees will be provided an equal opportunity to be considered for promotion or transfer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, national origin, veteran status or marital status – if they satisfy the education (or equivalent) and experience requirements for the position.
NSU Law School – Assisted reproductive benefits not offered but mammograms, prostrate exams, hysterectomy etc. are.
This coverage is for registered students only, not partners or spouses. All students are required to have health insurance and the school provides this coverage through AETNA. This policy includes coverage as detailed and explained in the publication available to students “Your Path, Your Way, How to get started with your transition” In addition the Well-being Portal states they are committed to provide students LGBTQ resources.
The NSU Henderson Counseling Services includes the following statement in their Mission Statement: “The center staff will provide students with an opportunity to develop personal insight, identify and solve problems, and implement positive strategies to better manage their lives both academically and personally. They will be sensitive to issues of cultural diversity including but not limited to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.” Clinical staff bios included work with identity issues and transitions.
In addition, the student health insurance program offered through AETNA provides may resources and benefits for the LGBTQ Community for registered students. Students have access to the AETNA Well-being portal that provides support and resources to the LGBTQ community
Two separate single restrooms located in our second-floor faculty wing, also open for students are labelled with unisex signage and is available for all to use. Here is a picture of the sign and the door signs are being changed to mirror it.
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Nova Southeastern University undergraduate campus has gender neutral and inclusive restrooms. A gender-neutral restroom has been designated in the College of Law building and signage to notify the community of this restroom will be installed within the next month. The law school maintains gender-segregated restrooms in part because there is an antiquated Florida Plumbing Code that requires very specific ratios of all male and all female bathrooms in public accommodations.
In the following experiential or problem-based clinics or workshops, LGBTQ+ simulated problems or live-client cases are included in the scope of the clinic or workshop and may provide significant education to students enrolled at that time: Advanced Clinic and Field Placement (5-12 Credits); AIDD Clinic (5-12 Credits); Appellate Practice Workshop (2 Credits); Children and Families Clinic (6-12 Credits; and Civil Field Placement Clinic (6-12 Credits) Estate Planning Workshop (3 Credits). In the following courses, coverage regularly touches on LGBTQ+ issues: Constitutional Law I (4 Credits) and Constitutional Law II (2 Credits) In the following seminars, LGBTQ+ coverage ranges term to term from 5% to more significant coverage depending on the term and research focus of individuals: American Legal History Seminar (2 Credits); Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits); Caribbean Law Seminar (2 Credits); Civil Rights Litigation Seminar (2 Credits); Current Constitutional Issues Seminar (2 Credits); Employment Discrimination (3 Credits) LAW 0533; Family Law (3 Credits); Health Policy and Bioethics (3 Credits); International Protection of Human Rights (3 Credits); and U.S. Supreme Court Seminar (2 Credits).
The Lambda Law Society is the active law student organization that is supported by both the College of Law administration and the University Student Affairs Office who manages funding of the student organizations. The Lambda Law Society mission statement is as follows:
“Lambda Law Society furthers awareness of legal and social rights of people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered and promotes the highest standards of professional ethics and equality in the law school community. We seek to create an environment that is open and hospitable for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered students and welcome all students committed to promoting equality and diversity within the legal profession.”
Lambda Law Society is funded through the Student Bar Association at the College of Law. The organization promotes learning and networking opportunities such as “Out and About,” an event sponsored by the Kozak Minority Mentoring Foundation and community partners. There are restrictions on travel, however, organizations may seek a grant from the University to attend focused learning programs workshops.
The University Student Handbook the includes the Code of Conduct includes the following language:
“Any code of student conduct violation that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim may be considered a hate-based conduct violation. The categories of bias include the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, homeless status, or advanced age. Any student found to have committed a hate-based conduct violation may be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal from NSU.”
It also provides:
“Gender-Based Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a person’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender express, nonconformity with gender stereotypes, or sexual orientation.”
Biennial mandatory training for all employees’ centers on Preventing Discrimination and Harassment. Training examines the types of workplace conduct that are considered unlawful discrimination and harassment.
The University provides optional diversity training to all Faculty and Staff through its course, Diversity as a Strength. The course focuses on how diversity is a strength, different kinds of diversity, understanding the successful use of what makes individuals unique, and understanding the wide range of factors in dealing with different personalities and situations.
NSU Core eight core values are Academic Excellence; Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity and Community. The University promotes and reinforces those values with its Living the Values employee recognition program. The Living the Values program encourages employees to recognize colleagues’ employees who are living NSU’s eight core values. Additionally, the program guides employees to a clear understanding of what the core values are and how they each contribute to the achievement of NSU’s Vision. The University also provides diversity training, Diversity as a Strength, a course which focuses on how diversity is a strength, different kinds of diversity, understand the successful use of what makes individuals unique, and understand the wide range of factors in dealing with different personalities and situations. (see here)
The law school community is committed to maintaining an inclusive, welcome, and open environment for its LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators. Leading members of the NSU Law faculty identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community including our most recent hire for the ASP faculty. In addition to the law student organization Lambda Law Society at NSU Law, the NSU Law Human Rights Organization (NHRO) also serves the LGBTQ+ law student community. Past events of the NHRO include the Gay and Lesbian Network GALA Volunteering and Equality Volunteering. NSU Law also signified its commitment to diversity and inclusion by establishing the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact. That office regularly hosts town halls and events featuring speakers on diversity and inclusion issues including issues especially relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.