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LGBT Survey Results: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Loyola University Chicago recognizes that in order to excel as Chicago’s Jesuit Catholic University and uphold our mission of being a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith, we must continue to hire the best talent and secure the full participation and commitment of all employees. In keeping with this conviction, we reaffirm our obligation and intent to hire and provide all employees with the opportunity to grow, develop, and contribute to our collective success without regard to race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. This policy reflects Loyola University of Chicago’s commitment to the attainment of equal opportunity for all members of its community through an ongoing affirmative action program. Further, Loyola University Chicago will continue to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Loyola University Chicago is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, transfers, demotions, layoffs or terminations, compensation, benefits, training, social and recreational programs or events, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All employment decisions, including hiring and promotion decisions, are based on job-related criteria, such as skills, abilities, education, and experience.

We are also committed to providing a work environment free from harassment. We will not tolerate harassment of any job seeker, faculty, staff, student, or other individual present on our property based on race, color, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification for the job), national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or other factor protected by law.

In addition to our commitment to equal opportunity, Loyola University Chicago strictly prohibits retaliation (including any threats or adverse employment action) against any individual for making a good faith internal report of any conduct, act, or practice believed to violate this policy, or any other university policy or standard of conduct, or participating in good faith in the university’s investigation of any reported violation.

Also prohibited is unlawful harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, discrimination, or retaliation in any other form against anyone for engaging in any protected activity under any equal employment opportunity law or regulation or any other federal, state, or local law. Protected activity is defined by the specific law, but may include

  1. making a good faith internal complaint of any conduct, act, or practice violating this policy;
  2. filing a complaint allowed by any equal employment opportunity law or regulation (“EEO laws”);
  3. participating or assisting in an investigation or any other activity undertaken by Loyola University Chicago or any governmental agency related to compliance with our EEO policy or any EEO law;
  4. opposing in good faith any act or practice that violates any EEO law; or
  5. exercising any right under any EEO law.

We know that positive, results-oriented action to advance equal employment opportunity serves the best interests of Loyola University of Chicago; its faculty, staff, and students; and the communities in which it operates.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Loyola’s LGBT law student society, OUTLaw, celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 2016–2017 school year but takes pride in its place among minority law student groups. There are over 45 students within the group who self-identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, or bisexual. Approximately 20 other OUTLaw members identify as friends and allies. The 2013–2014 executive board had two active transgender members who held place as president and vice president of the group.

“OUTLaw events have included networking events, a same-sex marriage symposium, a hate crimes panel discussion cosponsored by the Latino American Law Student Society (LALSA), a guide to understanding and respecting gender cosponsored with the School of Social Work’s LGBTQIA group, semester kick-off cocktail parties, and a Thanksgiving dinner cosponsored with the Black Law Student Association. Despite the welcoming environment, attendance at OUTLaw events is, at times, not reflective of our membership. The group has, however, enjoyed some success in overcoming attendance problems through cosponsorship of events with other minority student groups.

“OUTLaw receives funding from the law school to support its activities. Each year, the school also provides financial support to offset the travel costs of students attending the annual conference of the National LGBT Bar Association. Students attending the conference share rooms to lower expenses.

“Loyola’s OUTLaw group and other Chicago-area LGBT law student societies are members of the currently dormant OUTLaw Coalition of Chicago (OCC). Loyola OUTLaw nonetheless maintains contact with several Chicago OUTLaw groups, often cross-promoting and opening up events to all Chicago-area law students. Loyola LGBT students also attend a monthly networking event hosted by the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) at a local gay bar. In addition to these associations, OUTLaw has a very active alumni base that is always eager to mentor new students.

“OUTLaw has introduced me to one of the most diverse populations of students in my law school career, and through this group I have made many good friends who can always be counted on for support. This has been my experience with OUTLaw and an experience I hope to continue with current and prospective students to our law program.”

—Shana Jackson, 2014–2015 OUTLaw President

LGBT Faculty


LGBT Administrator(s)


LGBT Course(s)


“Most, but not all, professors address LGBT issues head on. Discussions of these issues arise, for example, in constitutional law, property, family law, consumer law, international human rights, criminal law, and moot court. Discussion of LGBT issues does not just happen in class, but many lively debates can be found between different student groups or in discussions of articles and news found online and in our media forums—e.g., Facebook and TWEN.”

—Shana Jackson, 2014–2015 OUTLaw President

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Please see pages 5–7 of the Faculty and Staff Benefits Booklet (PDF) for information.

Additional Information

The environment has been open and supportive of LGBT students. Depending on the subject, most professors address LGBT issues in class. In addition, students are comfortable engaging in discussions about LGBT issues outside of class. As a former head of the LGBT student group said, “It may surprise some that a Jesuit law school like Loyola University Chicago School of Law is so welcoming to LGBT law students. The atmosphere here is positive. The administration welcomes open and honest dialogue between itself and students and tries to remain open about any decisions it makes that will positively or negatively affect students in our community.”

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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