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LGBT Survey Results: The University of South Dakota School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The institutions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension, and other institutional services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience, and ability for the various levels of employment or academic programs or other institutional services, without discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The OUTlaws student organization, which formed on campus over five years ago, has grown quickly and usually includes 10–13 percent of the student body. This makes it one of the most active organizations in the law school. The student organization remains strong within the law school and conducts educational, social, and outreach activities throughout the school year.

The OUTlaws founded the Lavender Lecture, which will enter its 5th year, inviting nationally recognized speakers to speak on aspects of law that affect the LGBT community. This has included Justice Streit, former justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who took part in the opinion which struck down that state's equal marriage ban, and Dale Carpenter, a University of Minnesota law professor and nationally recognized academic and commentator on LGBT legal issues. The annual Lavender Lecture is one of the larger events on campus.

LGBT Faculty

None

LGBT Administrator(s)

Eric Young
Law Library Director, Assistant Dean & Senior Lecturer
Phone: 605.677.3921
Email: eric.young@usd.edu

Nicholas M. McInerney
Director of Admissions & Communications
Phone: 605.677.6358
Email: nicholas.mcinerney@usd.edu

LGBT Course(s)

None

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

USD Law offers benefits to all employees, spouses, and legal dependents regardless of gender.

Additional Information

South Dakota is predominantly a rural state with its major cities, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, on the extreme west and east sides of the state, respectively. The culture of the state varies greatly from city to city and region to region. The larger cities, particularly Sioux Falls, and the major college towns, Brookings and Vermillion, tend to have a more open and welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations, including LGBT people. USD and the School of Law in particular have traditionally been accepting institutions that embrace diversity and inclusiveness.

The Admissions Committee prefers prospective students have candor in their personal statements. Prospective students may address their sexual orientation or identity themselves as LGBT if they choose. Prospective students who address their sexual orientation or gender identity will receive the same consideration as any student who applies to USD Law, and the information will not negatively impact their prospect of admission.

The law school, as well as the campus as a whole, embraces a policy of diversity and inclusion. We strive to create an environment in which all students feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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