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LGBT Survey Results: Duke University School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work community that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other university program or activity. The university also makes good faith efforts to recruit, employ, and promote qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. It admits qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.

The university also does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination and prohibited by the university. Duke University has designated Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity, as the individual responsible for the coordination and administration of its nondiscrimination and harassment policies:

Office for Institutional Equity
Smith Warehouse
114 S. Buchanan Boulevard
Bay 8
Durham, NC 27708

Phone: 919.684.8222

Questions or comments about harassment or discrimination can be directed to the Office for Institutional Equity, 919.684.8222. Additional information, including the complete text of the harassment policy and appropriate complaint procedures, may be found by contacting the Office for Institutional Equity or visiting the Office for Institutional Equity website.

For more information on notice of nondiscrimination or to find contact information for the federal office that serves your area, visit the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or call 1.800.421.3481.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OutLaw welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied students who are interested in becoming active in LGBT issues. OutLaw sponsors and co-hosts over 25 different events throughout the school year, making it one of the most active student groups at Duke Law School. Recent events include a program on the passage of HB2, and a symposium on gender identify and sexuality after Obergefell. In addition, OutLaw sponsors several “awareness” events throughout the year that are targeted at raising informational awareness of LGBT issues in the community. OutLaw regularly partners with large law firms to support its initiatives and events and sends a large group to Lavender Law, the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual conference and career fair.

LGBT Faculty

Laurence R. Helfer
Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law
Phone: 919.613.8573

LGBT Administrator(s)

William J. Hoye
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Phone: 919.613.7020

LGBT Course(s)

Academically, LGBT issues are sometimes raised outside of specific LGBT-related courses. For example, issues pertaining to marriage, employment discrimination, and adoption tend to come up most frequently in courses such as constitutional law, civil rights law, family law, and federal courts.

Sexuality and the Law is offered.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits


Additional Information

The climate for LGBT individuals in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is extraordinarily welcoming and supportive despite the 2016 passage of HB2, a measure that Duke University, Duke Law School, and many other local organizations and businesses publicly opposed in the strongest possible terms. Durham has a large and active LGBT community and is home to North Carolina Pride, one of the largest festivals on the East Coast. The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF), based in Durham, is the second largest gay, lesbian, and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. There are numerous LGBT organizations and clubs dedicated to recreation, health and wellness, politics, and more.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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