We recruit LGBTQ+ prospective students at Duquesne Law through our email campaigns, social media and web communications. We work closely with the student leaders to develop messaging to inform prospective students of opportunities at the Law School. We promote the organization for LGBTQ+ students through video and social media, and on-campus sessions such as, “Catholic Universities Welcoming LGBTQIA+ Students: A Conversation with Fr. James Martin, SJ.”
We are currently updating the admissions application to include options for students to self-identify as a member of a gender or sexual orientation minority group.
The admissions application provides students the option to list their preferred name.
We actively seek diverse candidates for all University positions.
Employee benefits are the same for all employees regardless of gender identity.
Student benefit plans are offered to all students.
In addition to Diversity and Inclusion Training for faculty and staff, we offer individual counseling and “The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality: A Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Students.” The Counseling Center also provides LGBTQ+ resources for our campus community https://duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/health-recreation-and-counseling/counseling-services/wellbeing-resources
For the 2021-22 academic year, the School of Law will have two gender-neutral restroom options. There are also gender-neutral restrooms across campus.
The LGBTQ+ focused student organization is provided the same financial support as all other organizations and may be provided with funding to attend a conference. Funding for a career fair would be provided through the Career Services Office.
All student groups are supported with equal access to funding. We also ensure that our LGBTQ+ law student group is connected with the LGBTQ+ group within the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Duquesne has a newly formed Bias Education Response Team comprised of diverse representatives from across the University. Some of the goals include streamlining reporting, ensuring anonymity when requested, and creating restorative processes that result in improvements for all parties involved.
In addition, Policy 31 addresses sexual misconduct and gender discrimination https://www.duq.edu/work-at-du/human-resources-home/the-administrative-policies-(taps)/31-sexual-misconduct-and-gender-discrimination and law students are covered by the student conduct code, which prohibits the following: bullying, discrimination, and incivility through language or actions. The code is online at https://duq.edu/assets/Documents/student-conduct/_pdf/Student%20Handbook%201.21.21.pdf
All students complete Title IX training as part of orientation.
All students complete Diversity and Inclusion training as part of orientation. This includes discussion of LGBTQIA+ issues. Faculty and staff also engage in Diversity & Inclusion training, with opportunities for ongoing education and discussion.
Dean April Barton formed the Dean’s Diversity Action Council (https://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/diversity/deans-diversity-action-council) during her first semester at Duquesne University School of Law. This is an active group that includes faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders, who engage in open dialogue and take proactive steps to create a culture of inclusion and belonging specifically in the School of Law.
University Diversity Statement
Duquesne Law Non-discrimination Policy and Employer Guidelines
Admissions Non-discrimination Notice