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LGBT Survey Results: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran's status, or age in its programs and activities.

For more information, visit UMB Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Student Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures

Background

Effective July 11, 1997, the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland specifically prohibited discrimination against students on the basis of sexual orientation in academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, housing, student programs and activities, and recruitment. Effective June 22, 2012, the Board of Regents prohibited discrimination based upon sexual identity or expression. The board reserved the right to enforce or comply with any federal or state law, regulation, or guideline, including conditions for the receipt of federal funding. This university reiterates its commitment to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity by requiring that treatment of its students and applicants for admission be based on individual abilities and qualifications and be free from invidious discrimination.

Related Employment Policy

University students who are also university employees should be aware of the Employee Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Procedures.

Definition

Sexual orientation is the identification, perception, or status of an individual as to homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

Gender identity or expression is defined as a person's actual or perceived gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, regardless of whether that identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the person's gender at birth.

Policy

Consistent with Board of Regents policy, it is this university's policy that (a) within the university, the educational environment will be free of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and (b) university students are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation against fellow students, university personnel, and other persons with whom the students interact during the course of their educational experiences both on and off campus. Students may be disciplined for violation of this policy.

Procedures

A student's questions about peer, staff, or faculty behavior that may constitute discrimination based on sexual orientation and a student's questions about disciplinary policies should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs in the UMB Office of Academic Affairs (AVPSA), 410.706.2477; or to the campus Director of Employee Relations and Diversity Initiatives, 410.706.7302; or to the student affairs dean of the student's school.

A complaint of discrimination based on sexual orientation may be made initially to the dean of the complaining student's school, to the appropriate student or school judicial board of the complaining student's school, or to the AVPSA. The AVPSA should be notified of any complaint filed with another office. Investigation of complaints will be made through appropriate school judicial bodies whenever feasible. If a complaint involves persons from more than one school, the AVPSA will work with the deans of the schools involved to develop an appropriate investigational process.

To determine whether alleged conduct constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the university will look at the record as a whole and at the totality of the circumstances. The determination of whether a particular action is discrimination will be made from all the facts, on a case-by-case basis.

Timely reporting of allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation is crucial. It permits effective university intervention to protect students and educate and discipline offenders. Incidents of discrimination should be documented promptly and reported as soon as practical. Reporting within the time limits set in a school's judicial policy is strongly encouraged. Reporting an incident of discrimination more than 30 days after it occurs can hinder the ability of the school and institution to investigate the matter. Nevertheless, the school and institution will investigate any complaint filed within a reasonable time.

Institutional investigations of discrimination based on sexual orientation charges often require the complainant's identity to be known by the accused. However, complainants should be aware that the university will not tolerate or condone any form of retaliation against a student complainant whose discrimination claim is made in good faith. Deliberate filing of false accusations may be the basis for independent disciplinary action against the accuser.

Complaints Involving Affiliates' Employees

Many university students will be supervised by employees of the university's affiliates and teaching sites during their educational experiences. If a student experiences discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in such a setting, the university will attempt to resolve the issue and will attempt to reassign the student if a resolution is not feasible.

Counseling

The Counseling Center offers assistance in coping with the stress resulting from discrimination based on sexual orientation or participation in campus proceedings to investigate such discrimination charges. Please call 410.328.8404 for more information about campus counseling services.

Educational Programs

Programs for students about discrimination based on sexual orientation can be arranged through the AVPSA, the student affairs dean of each school, or the Director of Employee Relations and Diversity Initiatives.

More Information

Visit UMB Student Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The LGBT Law Student Alliance participates in a variety of activities throughout the academic year. For more information, contact President Dena Robinson and Vice President Sam Williamson at lgbta@law.umaryland.edu.

LGBT Faculty

Martha Ertman
Professor
Email: mertman@law.umaryland.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

José Bahamonde-González
Associate Dean
Email: jbahamonde-gonzalez@law.umaryland.edu

LGBT Course(s)

Students in the Sexuality and the Law Seminar will critically examine both the theory and practice of regulating sexual identity, behavior, and expression. Major topics will include same-sex marriage, anti-sodomy laws, employment regulation as it pertains to sexual minorities, and the commercialization of sex. While the heart of the course will be analyzing statutes and case law, students will enrich their understanding of the legal materials by reviewing several major theoretical works. It is preferred that students have taken Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights, or that they take it concurrently with this course. The seminar will be heavily discussion-based, and students will be asked to submit a substantial scholarly work at the end of the semester on a topical subject of their choosing. The paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Prior to 2013, same-sex couples were unable to marry in the State of Maryland. Because of this, the State of Maryland Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Program offered domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples starting in 2009.

The 2012 passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act in the State of Maryland legalized same-sex marriage in Maryland as of January 1, 2013. As a result, the State of Maryland Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Program no longer offers domestic-partner benefits, since same-sex couples now receive the same benefits, protections, and obligations as opposite-sex couples.

Additional Information

The overall climate for LGBT students at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law is supportive and comfortable. Our admission process considers LGBT status to be an aspect of diversity, and applicants are encouraged to address their identity to the extent that they are comfortable doing so and to the extent that they consider their identity relevant to their candidacy for admission. The school regularly sponsors or cosponsors programming addressing LGBT topics. Both the school and the university consider the comfort level of our LGBT students to be of critical importance.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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