University of Missouri School of Law

University of Missouri School of Law
203 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
Phone: 573.882.6042 | Toll-free: 888.MULaw4U | Fax: 573.882.9625
Email: mulawadmissions@missouri.edu | Website: law.missouri.edu

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

The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is also prohibited. The university’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Further, this policy applies to sexual violence and sexual harassment (forms of sex discrimination) occurring both within and outside of the university context if the conduct negatively affects the individual’s educational or work experience or the overall campus environment. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

Any person having inquiries concerning the University of Missouri’s application of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or other civil rights laws should contact one of the following:

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Manager
Lisa Barnum
1095 Virginia Avenue, Room 102A
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-6095

University of Missouri Office for Civil Rights and Title IX
Andy Hayes
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX
Title IX Administrator
573-882-3880

U.S. Department of Education
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
(regarding race, color, sex, national origin, disability, and age issues),

For more information, please visit the MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX site.

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

The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is also prohibited. The university’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Further, this policy applies to sexual violence and sexual harassment (forms of sex discrimination) occurring both within and outside of the university context if the conduct negatively affects the individual’s educational or work experience or the overall campus environment. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

Any person having inquiries concerning the University of Missouri’s application of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or other civil rights laws should contact one of the following:

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Manager
Lisa Barnum
1095 Virginia Avenue, Room 102A
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-6095

University of Missouri Office for Civil Rights and Title IX
Andy Hayes
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX
Title IX Administrator
573-882-3880

U.S. Department of Education
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
(regarding race, color, sex, national origin, disability, and age issues),

For more information, please visit the MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX site.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

Lambda Legal Society is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those living with HIV/AIDS through legislation and litigation. Lambda Legal is one of many organizations that works with the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Outreach to match its members with practicing attorneys and mentors who share similar backgrounds and common values. Lambda Legal also conducts a speakers’ series on diversity, which brings in panelists from various organizations to discuss current issues in the LGBT community. Furthermore, it hosts an annual variety show and several social activities for the LGBT and ally community. As organizations that work to promote diversity, the Equal Justice Law Association and American Constitution Society work with Lambda Legal to help foster community.

For more information, contact levinj@missouri.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?

No

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

The School of Law encourages the integration of various viewpoints within all classes and LGBT issues are openly discussed.

The Family Law and Gender and the Law courses give in-depth coverage to issues especially relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, including same-sex marriage, cohabitants’ property and support rights, child custody and visitation, second parent adoption, and assisted reproduction.

In addition, courses in civil rights, fair housing, employment discrimination, estates and trusts, health law, and other fields cover many topics of concern to the LGBT community. These include

  • Children and the Law
  • Emotional Intelligence in Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Fair Housing

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

The University of Missouri provides medical, dental, vision, life, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance to same-sex couples.

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

Yes

Additional Information

The University of Missouri School of Law provides an inclusive environment for LGBT students, beginning with the admission process and continuing through graduation and employment. The application allows LGBT applicants to self-identify and request specific information on resources and organizations of relevance to them.

On campus, the University of Missouri operates a large and effective LGBTQ Resource Center that is staffed by full-time professionals. The center offers programming, events, referrals, a library, Safe Space training, student panels, and an inclusive and supportive space for students. While the center’s main demographic is undergraduate students, many graduate and professional students involve themselves with the center. Additionally, there are many resources for transgender students on our campus not widely available on other campuses, including hormone prescriptions at the MU Student Health Center as well as specific support and groups focusing on problems facing transgender students.

Columbia, Missouri, the University of Missouri’s home, is a diverse town that also provides support for LGBT residents, including the Center Project—Mid-Missouri’s first and only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally community space. Located in downtown Columbia, we offer a friendly, safe facility for a wide variety of groups and events.