The University of Toledo College of Law

The University of Toledo College of Law
1825 West Rocket Drive, Toledo, OH 43606-3390, USA
Phone: 419.530.4131 | Fax: 419.530.4345
Email: law.admissions@utoledo.edu | Website: www.utoledo.edu/law/

 

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

The College adheres and is committed to the University’s nondiscrimination policy, which states that the University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts, and that no differentiation will be made based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry,  sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status,  the presence of a disability, genetic information, familial status, political affiliation and participation in protected activities, except as mandated by pertinent legal requirements.  

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

The College adheres and is committed to the University’s nondiscrimination policy, which states that the University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts, and that no differentiation will be made based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry,  sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status,  the presence of a disability, genetic information, familial status, political affiliation and participation in protected activities, except as mandated by pertinent legal requirements.  

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OUTLAW
Faculty Advisor: Robert Salem
Contact Us: OUTLawToledo@gmail.com
Mission: To advance civil rights and promote tolerance for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Additional Information

LGBTQ students at the University of Toledo College of Law will likely describe their experiences as positive and welcoming. The College's administration and faculty work hard to ensure that all students feel supported and encouraged to express themselves authentically. The College, in partnership with the Toledo Bar Association, recently endowed an LGBTQ Scholarship fund that will provide financial support to students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in advocating for the LGBTQ community.

Transgender students have been fully supported and respected at the College by providing full accommodations, especially throughout their transition. The College ensures that transgender students may use the name and pronouns they choose, and with the consent of the student, faculty and staff are privately consulted of the transition so they do not use incorrect names or pronouns. The College has even hosted transgender name-change clinics to help members of the community legally change their names and official gender markers. The College also provides a unisex restroom facility with signage that specifically welcomes gender non-conforming students.

The LGBTQ student organization, Outlaw, plays an integral role in the College's environment. The group has an active membership and regularly sponsors programs and social events, often in partnership with other student organizations. Outlaw regularly hosts professional networking events with local lawyers at restaurants in the region.

The College's curriculum offers a diverse array of courses, including Sexuality and the Law, Gender and the Law and Employment Discrimination, among others. Faculty members regularly cover LGBTQ issues in their classes, especially in relevant courses like Constitutional Law, Family Law and Criminal Law. The Civil Advocacy Clinic regularly handles matters involving LGBTQ rights, including discrimination, adoptions, political asylum and legislative advocacy. The Clinic was the leading force behind the City of Toledo's recent passage of a conversion therapy ban and the provision of trans-related health care coverage for city employees and their dependents.

LGBTQ students will also find a progressive and welcoming environment in the city. Toledo has several LGBTQ-focused organizations and businesses. The city hosts a vibrant and well-attended Pride Festival each year in addition to other smaller events. The city's ordinances have long included protections against various forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In fact, in 1998, Toledo became one of the first cities in the country to protect transgender people from discrimination. Last year, Toledo received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Index.