Employee Queers and Allies League
Resources & Support
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in OSU's non-discrimination policy?
Yes, sexual orientation and gender identity are included in Oklahoma State University’s equal opportunity statement.
- Does Oklahoma State University offer domestic partner benefits to staff and faculty?
Yes. In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision to refuse cases that would ban same-sex marriage in the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University does not differentiate between opposite-sex and same-sex couples; all legally married employees are benefits eligible and common law affidavits are available for those who are not married, but wish to include their partner as a "spouse."
- Is there a procedure for reporting LGBTQ+ discrimination?
Yes, through multiple avenues. One is Ethics Point which is a site Oklahoma State University utilizes to issue complaints on activities that are illegal or discriminative in nature; another is the Office of Equal Opportunity. The Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with Student Conduct Education and Administration assesses and investigates discrimination cases reported by faculty, staff, or students at Oklahoma State University.
- Does Oklahoma State University provide all-gender restroom facilities in administrative
and academic buildings?
Yes, but they are limited. The Employee Queers & Allies League (EQuAL) is currently working to assess the locations and number of single-use/all-user restrooms on campus and implement changes.
Visit here for maps and more information.
- Is there a campus office for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes. The location for LGBTQ+ students to gain information and support services is in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, which is located in 240 Student Union, is a place where students are able to learn more about themselves, enhance their character, and engage in the campus and greater community to promote a more inclusive world.
- Does Oklahoma State University have a full-time professional staff member who is employed
to support LGBTQA+ students, staff, and faculty?
Yes, the Coordinator of Women’s and LGBTQ Affairs. This individual is located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 240 Student Union.
- Are there active LGBTQA+ organizations at Oklahoma State University?
Yes, there are three organizations that focus on LGBTQ+ persons: Oklahoma State Queers and Allies (OSQ&A) for undergraduate students; Feminist Collective, which focuses on feminist and LGBTQ issues; and the Employee Queers and Allies League (EQuAL), for LGBTQ+ and allied faculty and staff.
- Does Oklahoma State University offer LGBTQA+ courses through various departments and
Yes. The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWST) program at OSU is an academic unit that offers both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on gender and sexuality, as well as a variety of courses focused on intersections among race, class, gender, nationality, and sexuality. Recent course offerings include Men and Masculinities, Theorizing Sexualities, and Gay and Lesbian Literatures. The GWST program supports research and outreach on gender, sexuality, and LGBTQA+ issues and also supports and coordinates a variety of related campus events, including film series, guest speakers, poetry readings, art exhibits, reading groups, and conferences.
For more information, contact Program Director and Professor Dr. Lucy Bailey.
- How is the current campus and community climate towards LGBTQA+ people at Oklahoma
State University and in Stillwater?
The climate at Oklahoma State University is relatively unknown due to minimal dialogue on relevant issues; however, OSU's LGBTQ+ organizations hope to continue to expand the conversation and learn how to improve inclusiveness on campus and guide resources in a direction that is supported by the community.