Pursuant to university policy, the University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the university community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.
The university’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to:
Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Title IX/ADA Coordinator
406 Capen Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
Inquiries may also be directed to:
United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005-2500
LGBT Student Organization(s)
OUTLaw promotes a positive atmosphere at University at Buffalo School of Law for LGBT students and their allies. Our primary objective is to educate our colleagues about the legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. OUTLaw sponsors activities, panels, social events, and service projects that build a network for members and supporters of the LGBT legal community.
President: Patrick O'Brien
Vice President: Alyssa Erazo
Secretary: Sara-Jo Scime
Treasurer: Melanie Prasad
Advisers: Professor Michael Boucai and Lisa Patterson
- Law and Sexuality
- Gender Legal History
Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits
Employee Benefits—Agreements with the unions representing state employees provide for the extension of coverage to the domestic partners of state employees in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) and the dental and vision programs administered by New York State. If you receive prescription drug, dental, or vision benefits from an employee benefit fund, that fund may also permit you to enroll an eligible domestic partner. These benefits have also been extended to unrepresented employees in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government and to state retirees, vestees, and dependent survivors. Unmarried enrollees may cover same- or opposite-sex partners with whom they reside and have a committed, long-term relationship of mutual support, and for whom they have assumed long-term financial responsibility or have mutual financial responsibility. See the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership for details. Persons who live together for economic reasons, but who have not made a commitment to an exclusive enduring domestic partnership as described in these documents, will not be considered to be domestic partners for the purposes of enrollment in New York State benefit programs.
The University at Buffalo School of Law strives to create a climate of inclusion for all of our LGBT students. We
have thoughtfully considered how we approach gender on our application and, at the urging of our OUTLaw
student group, we have unisex restrooms throughout the building. We have successfully enrolled several
transgender students in the law school, and the city of Buffalo has a thriving LGBT community.