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LGBT Survey Results: Stetson University College of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of Stetson University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school-administered programs. The policy is enforced by Stetson and, where applicable, federal laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The university is an equal opportunity educational institution.

Inquiries regarding compliance with these statutes, and referrals to designated coordinators under the ADA/Section 504, Title IX, and the Age Discrimination Act, may be directed to the following contacts:

  • DeLand and Celebration campuses:

    Director of Human Resources
    421 N. Woodland Boulevard, Unit 8327
    DeLand, FL 32723
    Phone: 386.822.8710
  • Gulfport and Tampa campuses:

    Associate Dean for Academics
    1401 61st Street South
    Gulfport, FL 33707
    Phone: 727.562.7809

Inquiries may also be made to:

Director of the Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Phone: 1.800.421.3481
TDD: 877.521.2172

College of Law policy statement updated July 2006, and revised August 2008, March 2010, and June 2010; revised and adopted as university-wide policy statement by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on June 6, 2011; updated July 20, 2011.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The active Lambda Legal Society provides a forum for exploring the legal issues faced by people who identify as gay or lesbian. One of the goals of the Lambda Legal Society is to provide tools young attorneys need to deal with the increasing number of gay and lesbian clients that come to us seeking legal protection. Students need not identify with any particular sexual orientation to belong. Lambda works with Stetson administration to provide a safe, supportive environment for LGBT students and allies.

Faculty Advisors

Ellen S. Podgor

Joseph F. Morrissey

Darren Kettles

LGBT Faculty

Ellen S. Podgor
Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Electronic Education, Professor of Law

Joseph F. Morrissey
Associate Professor of Law

LGBT Administrator(s)

Darren Kettles
Associate Director of Admissions

LGBT Course(s)

Stetson offers a number of courses related to gender and sexuality issues, including the Law and Sexual Orientation Seminar (LAW 3675), offered once a year. This course explores the rapidly expanding relationship between the law and sexual orientation, gender, and nonconformity. It examines various legal principles that have been or might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation. The course looks at issues such as equal protection, privacy, and due process, and explores how courts have used these doctrines in consideration of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives, such as employment, housing, and family relationships. Thus, the course addresses issues that will likely arise in virtually all law practices.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

The domestic partners of Stetson students, faculty, and staff have access to health insurance benefits.

Stetson University College of Law is committed to the equitable availability of family benefits and privileges among both married employees and those employees living in certified domestic partnerships. Therefore, employees living in certified domestic partnerships who meet applicable eligibility guidelines qualify for participation in health, dental, vision, and dependent life insurance programs, tuition waivers, the Employee Assistance Program, and facility privileges such as pool and gym utilization. For more information, visit Benefits.

Additional Information

Stetson embraces all aspects of diversity. With global citizenship and social justice among our core values, we invest considerable effort in recruiting a diverse student body, including students from the LGBTQIA community. We have openly gay and lesbian professors and staff, and LGBTQIA students are active leaders in all areas of student life.

The Gulfport/St. Petersburg area provides an equally supportive community. The five-day-long St. Pete Pride festival is the largest Pride event in Florida. Stetson Law participates in its annual parade each summer. Stetson students have donated legal pro bono service hours drafting the equality handbook published by Equality Florida, which is based in St. Petersburg.

Stetson students helped successfully advocate for the City of Gulfport to pass a human rights ordinance protecting citizens from being denied services based on their sexuality. Gulfport was also the first city in Pinellas County, Florida, to create a domestic-partnership registry to extend legal rights to health care and dependent education to domestic partners.

The Tampa Bay Stetson Law alumni also raised funds to endow a PRIDE award, given each year at graduation to a student who has contributed greatly both to the Stetson Law LGBTQIA community and to the community at large.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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