The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law
150 South College Street, Carlisle, PA 17013-2899, USA
Phone: 717.240.5207 | Fax: 717.241.3503 
Email: dickinsonlaw@psu.edu | Website: www.dickinsonlaw.psu.edu

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

The university is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the university to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information, or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the university’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

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

The university is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the university to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information, or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the university’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OutLaw is the student association for LGBTQ-identified students and allies. OutLaw hosts a variety of educational and social events each year, including film screenings, panel discussions, and student mixers.

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

Stephanie Jirard
Adjunct Professor of Law

Mala Malhotra-Ortiz
Adjunct Professor of Law

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

Bekah Saidman-Krauss
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Email: ras1075@psu.edu

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

Gender and Sexuality: This course focuses on how the law treats issues concerning gender and sexuality. The doctrinal themes that are explored include constitutional notions of privacy/liberty, equality, and expression as applied to categories based on gender, sexuality, and/or sexual orientation. The course examines the relationship between gender and sexuality, based on a multidisciplinary approach informed by history, medicine, science, and broader social and political theories.

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

Same-sex spouses of employees and/or retirees of the Pennsylvania State University enjoy the same benefits as opposite-sex spouses of employees and/or retirees. Such benefits include participation in the university’s health care, vision, and dental plans and availing themselves of the university’s tuition discount.

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

No

Additional Information

At Penn State’s Dickinson Law, we believe that diversity enriches everyone’s educational experience. We are as committed to welcoming people of diverse cultures and lifestyles as we are to preparing them to become the next generation of practice-ready attorneys. As an inclusive community, Penn State’s Dickinson Law defines diversity broadly to include racial and ethnic minorities, women, the differently abled, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, first-generation students, adult learners, and any others who have experienced subordination, marginalization, or isolation in academic communities because of their identity status.