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LGBT Survey Results: University of California, Irvine School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. All groups, including administration, faculty, student governments, and programs sponsored by the law school, are governed by this policy of nondiscrimination. The law school’s policy on nondiscrimination is to comply fully with applicable law.

The UC Irvine School of Law shall not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, access and treatment in UCI Law-sponsored programs, and activities.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OutLaw seeks to promote education, scholarship, advocacy, and participation in civic and social activities by and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and provide leadership and networking opportunities for its members.

OutLaw events and speaker presentations are well attended by everyone.

For more information, contact:

Kristen Burzynski
Email: kburzyns@lawnet.uci.edu

LGBT Faculty

Professor Christopher Leslie
OutLaw Faculty Advisor
Email: cleslie@law.uci.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Jay Austin
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Financial Services
Email: jaustin@law.uci.edu

Estuardo Ponciano
Director of Admissions
Phone: 949.824.9926
Email: eponciano@law.uci.edu

LGBT Course(s)

Students feel comfortable bringing up an LGBT perspective in different courses. One LGBT-specific course is offered:

Law and Sexuality explores the ways in which the law constructs and regulates sexuality. Topics covered include criminal and civil prohibitions on sex; constitutional equality based on sex and sexual orientation; First Amendment limits on the regulation of sexuality-related speech and expression; employment discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, and sexual orientation; and family law, including marriage and parental rights. Class materials include case law, case documents, press accounts, legal scholarship, and sources from other academic disciplines. This is a three-unit course.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

All graduate students who are enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan have the option to enroll eligible dependents in a voluntary plan. The plan provides medical insurance and the option to add dental and vision benefits.

Please Note

If both student parents are covered by SHIP, their children may be covered as the dependents of either student, but not both.

Dependent Eligibility and Documentation

Students are required to provide proof of dependent status when enrolling their dependents in the plan. The following documents are acceptable:

  • Spouse: marriage certificate
  • Same-Sex Domestic Partner: a Declaration of Domestic Partnership issued by the State of California, or of same-sex legal union other than marriage formed in another jurisdiction, or a completed Declaration of Domestic Partnership form issued by the university
  • Natural Child: a birth certificate showing that the student is the parent of the child
  • Stepchild: a birth certificate and a marriage certificate showing that one of the parents listed in the birth certificate is married to the student
  • Adopted or Foster Child: documentation from the placement agency showing that the student has the legal right to control the child’s health care

Additional Information

LGBT members of the UCI Law community feel pretty comfortable being out. As we are a small community, students, faculty, and administrators are very supportive of our students and their activities. While Orange County is historically more conservative than LA or the Bay Area, UCI and the law school in particular provide a welcoming, supportive environment for all of our students.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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