LGBT Student Services

Office of LGBT Student Services

Bonds Hall, Room 110
(440) 826-2112
(440) 826-3020 (fax)

Are you...
gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity?

Are you...
straight but looking for an environment in which all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity?

Are you...
considering Baldwin Wallace University?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we want you to know that you are welcome and you should feel at home here! Baldwin Wallace University was one of the first institutions of higher education in Ohio to admit students regardless of gender or race. Since that time, the University has continued to nurture a spirit of inclusivity. This willingness to embrace diversity extends to LGBT individuals and is exemplified in the University's LGBT-friendly programs, protections and policies:

Safe Space Program

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Safe Space Program at BW is a visible sign of the institution’s commitment to creating and sustaining an environment of support, respect and dignity for all members of the campus community. A Safe Space is an office, classroom or department in which members of the faculty, staff and administration confirm their support and affirmation of the LGBT community by displaying a Safe Space sticker. Areas on campus displaying Safe Space stickers are easily identifiable places for LGBT individuals to turn and be assured of understanding and support. At this time, nearly 120 individuals and departments on campus participate in the Safe Space Program.

Community Standards of Conduct

BW requires that all members of the university community and its guests be treated with dignity and respect as stated in this policy.

Non-discrimination Policies

Student Non-discrimination Policy Statement

Baldwin Wallace University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, disability, national origin, gender or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Baldwin Wallace University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, age, disability, national origin, gender or sexual orientation.

Sexual Harassment Policy

BW’s Sexual Misconduct Policy includes a same-sex harassment clause.

Same-sex Domestic Partners Benefits for Employees

Baldwin Wallace University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. All University employees who have a Domestic Partner (as defined by TIAA-CREF), herein shall be provided services and benefits on the same basis provided to legal spouses unless restricted by law. Subject to the eligibility provisions of the benefits plans, an employee has the opportunity to cover a same-sex or opposite sex Domestic Partner under his or her benefit plan under the same terms and with the same privileges and restrictions that apply to other eligible dependents for these plans and to the extent permissible under federal and state law.

SERVICES

The Office of LGBT Services is committed to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. In keeping with the University's belief in the dignity and worth of all members of our campus community, the office exists to support and affirm students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the office works to educate and enhance understanding, acceptance and awareness regarding LGBT issues and concerns.

The office provides programming, resources, support and networking opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, as well as for straight supporters. BW is committed to the safety of all members of our community.The office maintains the following memberships:

In accordance with the University's mission to prepare students to become contributing, compassionate citizens, we encourage all members of the campus community to participate in the Office of LGBT Services' efforts to promote social justice and eliminate discrimination in all its forms.

Students who have been a victim of a bias incident or hate crime are encouraged to report the incident immediately.

ALLIES

Allies is the on-campus organization for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment and discuss issues that are of importance to the gay and straight communities. The focus of Allies is outreach and education.

BW HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Instituted by Professor David Prok of BW's Department of Sociology, this award is presented each year at the University's Honors Award Ceremony. The award is given to members of the faculty, staff or student body who make BW more hospitable, safe and accepting of minority members within the campus community. By their life example, they push back the frontiers of prejudice, bigotry and ignorance relative to diversity. By their activities and engagement, they educate, instruct and inform the larger community of the need for acceptance, celebration and respect for persons of minority status in our society. Recipients are selected by a committee that bases its decisions on observed and documented contributions to the cause of social justice as outlined above.

RESOURCES

A comprehensive list of resources is provided to the BW LGBT community in the MyBW student portal.