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LGBT Survey Results: The University of Iowa College of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Iowa brings together, in common pursuit of its educational goals, persons of many nations, races, and creeds. The university is guided by the precepts that in no aspect of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a US veteran, service in the US military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preference, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. These principles are expected to be observed in the internal policies and practices of the university—specifically in the admission, housing, and education of students; in policies governing programs of extracurricular life and activities; and in the employment of faculty and staff personnel. Consistent with state and federal law, reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities and to accommodate religious practices. The university shall work cooperatively with the community in furthering these principles.

—Operations Manual. Part II. Community Policies, Division I Human Rights, Affirmative Action, and Equal Employment Opportunity, Chapter 3: Human Rights

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The college has many organizations and activities to support LGBT students and inform the community about issues facing its LGBT members.


OUTLAWS is an on-campus law student organization that provides a forum for LGBT students interested in the law as well as opportunities for mutual support and professional advancement.

The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

Editors and writers from the student-run The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice engage in feminist inquiry and critical race analysis as they explore issues related to race, sex, gender, economic class, ability, and sexual identity. In the spring of 2014, the Journal hosted a symposium entitled, “The Unmarried Life: Know Your Rights,” to address legal issues common to those who are not married or are not permitted to marry.

LGBT Faculty

No details provided.

LGBT Administrator(s)


LGBT Course(s)

None; however, professors raise LGBT topics in a variety of courses, including Constitutional Law, Family Law, International Human Rights, and Employment Law.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Yes, through the University of Iowa Benefits Office: “The University of Iowa offers you the opportunity to  insure your domestic partner under various benefit programs, including health, dental, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.”

The university has insurance coverage for UI faculty, staff, students, and their families for the medical and surgical coverage for the care of our transgender-identified faculty, staff, students, and their families, including hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.

Additional Information

The University of Iowa College of Law has long worked to create a welcoming and inclusive climate for LGBT students and faculty. Over 20 years ago, the college hired one of the nation’s first openly gay faculty couples. The college invites, but does not require, applicants to address their sexual orientation or sexual identity in their application and considers this information a valuable aspect of diversity. The college has successfully enrolled transgender students and can offer them unisex facilities.

For many years, the college has offered financial support for students to attend the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair to enable them to learn about issues related to sexual orientation and identity and to help them find summer and permanent employment.

The University of Iowa also offers resources for LGBT students and has been recognized for its efforts. For decades, the university’s nondiscrimination policy has included sexual orientation and now includes sexual identity as a protected personal characteristic. The university also maintains an LGBT Resource Center, a gathering place for students located near the college. Each year, the university hosts a Rainbow Graduation to celebrate the achievements of LGBT graduates. To support graduates, the university created the Rainbow Alumni Network. Members of this network “influence the role and direction of the university; encourage intellectual enrichment and professional growth of LGBT alumni through forums and presentations; organize social events to facilitate networking by students, alumni, parents, and supporters; and elevate the stature of the university through Rainbow Alumni Network programming.” In 2011, the university was recognized for its welcoming atmosphere toward LGBT students. The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic system demonstrated its support for the health of LGBT Iowans when it opened the state’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Clinic.

Finally, in 2009, the state of Iowa received wide recognition for its positive LGBT climate when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Varnum v. Brien to establish same-sex marriage in Iowa.

In short, the College of Law, the University of Iowa, and the state of Iowa work to create a welcoming environment for LGBT students.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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