The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1391, USA
Phone: 614.292.8810 | Fax: 614.292.1492
Email: lawadmit@osu.edu | Website: moritzlaw.osu.edu

 

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

The Ohio State University is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity and improve opportunities for all. The university is committed to equal opportunity and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Ohio State does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admission.

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

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is committed to building and supporting a diverse community. The University embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, valuing diversity in admissions, and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OutLaws at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is an affinity group for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Our main goals are to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies within the law school as well as educate our peers about the issues our community faces. As a law school professional group, we also address issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals in the legal workplace and host networking events.

Contact Information: rosensteel.5@osu.edu

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?

Critical theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar; Gender and the Law; and Sex, Sexuality and the Law.

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

The same-sex domestic partner (affidavit is required), of a covered employee, who meets all of the following criteria is eligible for benefits.

  • Shares a permanent residence with the employee (unless residing in different cities, states, or countries on a temporary basis); and
  • Is the sole same-sex domestic partner of the employee, has been in a relationship with the employee for at least six months, and intends to remain in the relationship indefinitely; and
  • Is of the same sex as the employee and is not currently married to or legally separated from another person under either statutory or common law; and
  • Shares responsibility with the employee for each other’s common welfare; and
  • Is at least 18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract; and
  • Is not related to the employee by blood to a degree of closeness that would prohibit marriage in the state in which they legally reside; and
  • Is financially interdependent with the employee in accordance with the plan requirements outlined by Ohio State below. Financial interdependency may be demonstrated by the existence of three of the following:
    • Joint ownership of real estate property or joint tenancy on a residential lease
    • Joint ownership of an automobile
    • Joint bank or credit account
    • Joint liabilities (e.g., credit cards or loans)
    • A will designating the same-sex domestic partner as primary beneficiary
    • A retirement plan or life insurance policy beneficiary designation form designating the same-sex domestic partner as primary beneficiary
    • A durable power of attorney signed to the effect that the employee and the same-sex domestic partner have granted powers to one another

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

The same-sex domestic partner (affidavit is required), of a covered employee, who meets all of the following criteria is eligible for benefits.

  • Shares a permanent residence with the employee (unless residing in different cities, states, or countries on a temporary basis); and
  • Is the sole same-sex domestic partner of the employee, has been in a relationship with the employee for at least six months, and intends to remain in the relationship indefinitely; and
  • Is of the same sex as the employee and is not currently married to or legally separated from another person under either statutory or common law; and
  • Shares responsibility with the employee for each other’s common welfare; and
  • Is at least 18 years of age and mentally competent to consent to contract; and
  • Is not related to the employee by blood to a degree of closeness that would prohibit marriage in the state in which they legally reside; and
  • Is financially interdependent with the employee in accordance with the plan requirements outlined by Ohio State below. Financial interdependency may be demonstrated by the existence of three of the following:
    • Joint ownership of real estate property or joint tenancy on a residential lease
    • Joint ownership of an automobile
    • Joint bank or credit account
    • Joint liabilities (e.g., credit cards or loans)
    • A will designating the same-sex domestic partner as primary beneficiary
    • A retirement plan or life insurance policy beneficiary designation form designating the same-sex domestic partner as primary beneficiary
    • A durable power of attorney signed to the effect that the employee and the same-sex domestic partner have granted powers to one another

Additional Information

In achieving our goal of being a preeminent law school, one of our guiding values is the value of diversity and inclusiveness. This is a recognition that excellence in a legal education as well as in our legal system, institutions, workplaces, and communities is enriched by the existence of a diverse and inclusive environment. To that end, we encourage applicants to feel free to address their sexual orientation or identity in the application to the college, including in personal statements or other optional statements. We are very much committed to the idea that Moritz be a place that is open, welcoming, diverse, and inclusive to everyone. The community must be diverse for that to take place.