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LGBT Survey Results: The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by university policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the university to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at the Pennsylvania State University.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

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

LGBT Faculty

Stephanie Jirard
Adjunct Professor of Law

LGBT Administrator(s)

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

LGBT Course(s)

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 multi-disciplinary approach informed by history, medicine, science, and broader social and political theories.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

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.

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 LGBT 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.

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