University of Victoria Faculty of Law

University of Victoria Faculty of Law
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria BC V8P 5C2, Canada
Phone: 1.250.721.8150
Email: lclerk2@uvic.ca | Website: www.uvic.ca/law/

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

General University Policy

The University of Victoria does not condone harassment and seeks to prevent harassment of all members of the university community. Harassment is defined as the abusive, unfair, or demeaning treatment of a person or group of persons that has the effect or purpose of unreasonable interference with a person's or group's status or performance, or of creating a hostile or intimidating working or educational environment when

  • such treatment abuses the power that one person holds over another, or misuses authority;
  • such treatment has the effect or purpose of offending or demeaning a person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, nationality, religion, family or marital status, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or conviction for a criminal charge; or
  • such treatment has the effect or purpose of seriously threatening or intimidating a person.

Please contact the University of Victoria for further information.

Faculty of Law Policy

In all facets of our operation, the Faculty of Law is committed to actively pursuing the following objectives:

  • Promoting substantive equality for GLBTTQ students, staff, and faculty
  • Providing GLBTTQ persons with the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the law school community and to remove systemic barriers to their equal participation
  • Promoting respect for GLBTTQ persons
  • Ensuring that graduates of the Faculty of Law better reflect and understand the diversity of Canadian society and the important contribution of GLBTTQ persons to Canadian life
  • Establishing and maintaining an institutional environment in the law school that values, is responsive to, and is reflective of the diversity of society, and ensuring that it is an environment in which GLBTTQ persons can flourish and succeed
  • Working with the legal profession in Canada and British Columbia to secure these objectives in both legal education programs and in the profession and practice of law

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?

General University Policy

The University of Victoria does not condone harassment and seeks to prevent harassment of all members of the university community. Harassment is defined as the abusive, unfair, or demeaning treatment of a person or group of persons that has the effect or purpose of unreasonable interference with a person's or group's status or performance, or of creating a hostile or intimidating working or educational environment when

  • such treatment abuses the power that one person holds over another, or misuses authority;
  • such treatment has the effect or purpose of offending or demeaning a person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, nationality, religion, family or marital status, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or conviction for a criminal charge; or
  • such treatment has the effect or purpose of seriously threatening or intimidating a person.

Please contact the University of Victoria for further information.

Faculty of Law Policy

In all facets of our operation, the Faculty of Law is committed to actively pursuing the following objectives:

  • Promoting substantive equality for GLBTTQ students, staff, and faculty
  • Providing GLBTTQ persons with the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the law school community and to remove systemic barriers to their equal participation
  • Promoting respect for GLBTTQ persons
  • Ensuring that graduates of the Faculty of Law better reflect and understand the diversity of Canadian society and the important contribution of GLBTTQ persons to Canadian life
  • Establishing and maintaining an institutional environment in the law school that values, is responsive to, and is reflective of the diversity of society, and ensuring that it is an environment in which GLBTTQ persons can flourish and succeed
  • Working with the legal profession in Canada and British Columbia to secure these objectives in both legal education programs and in the profession and practice of law

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?

The OUTLaws include students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, and queer, as well as students who are allies and/or are interested in GLBTTQ legal issues. The club provides a fun, comfortable, and inclusive social place for GLBTTQ law students by hosting social events and organizing a variety of educational lectures and panel discussions designed to raise awareness and promote discussion at UVic Law of queer legal issues.

For more information, contact uvic.outlaws@gmail.com.

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?

Gillian Calder
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Relations
Phone: 250.721.8152
Email: lawassoc@uvic.ca

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?

No

Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?

The following courses have components directly related to GLBTTQ issues. For complete course descriptions, please consult our website.

  • Family Law (Law 322)
  • Bioethics, Personhood, and the Law (Law 343)
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law (Law 357)
  • Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and the Law (Law 358)
  • Feminist Legal Theories (Law 369)

Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?

Same-sex partnership benefits are available to eligible faculty members, staff, and students at UVic. The specific language varies across staffing groups and benefits packages. Please contact UVic Human Resources or the UVSS Health Plan for further information.

Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?

Yes