University of Georgia
Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy:
Committed to a Fair and Respectful Environment for Living, Work & Study
Equal Opportunity Office
278 Brooks Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-7912
What is the NDAH policy?
The Non-Discrimination and Anti- Harassment (NDAH) Policy prohibits UGA employees and students -- and any UGA contractor, volunteer, campus visitor or program participant -- from harassing or discriminating against any other member of the University community, including applicants for UGA admission or employment, because of the following prohibited bias factors:
- Sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy)
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Ethnicity or national origin
- Genetic information
- Disability status
- Veteran status
The NDAH Policy applies to conduct on campus, in connection with any UGA program or activity (including off campus), or when done in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the University community. The full NDAH Policy, including a description of its investigation, resolution and appeals procedures, is available at: https://eoo.uga.edu/policies/non-discrimination-anti-harassment-policy
Note: Sexual misconduct by students -- including sexual harassment/violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking -- is addressed under the University System of Georgia's Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, available at:
What activities are protected under the NDAH Policy?
Prohibited bias factors defined in the NDAH Policy will not be permitted to adversely impact or influence decisions regarding any aspect of:
- Academic work or study
- Delivery or receipt of institutional benefits and services
- Enrollment or status in UGA-affiliated programs or activities (e.g., academic, educational, extracurricular or athletic), both on and off campus.
Note: Off-campus activities that are covered by the NDAH Policy include, without limitation, study abroad programs, internships, student teaching, athletic events, and 4-H and UGA Extension programs.
Discrimination is decision-making based on one or more of the prohibited bias factors defined in the NDAH Policy.
Discriminatory harassment defined
Discriminatory harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on any of the prohibited bias factors when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to:
- Unreasonably interfere with work/educational performance; OR
- Create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment; OR
- Unreasonably interfere with or limit one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an institutional program or activity.
Consensual sexual relationships prohibited by the NDAH policy
Faculty and staff, including teaching assistants, may not pursue or engage in dating or sexual relationships with students whom they currently supervise, teach or evaluate in any way.
University employees may not pursue or engage in a dating or sexual relationship with any other University employee if either one supervises, evaluates, or could directly affect the terms or conditions of the other's employment.
Violation of the consensual relationships provision of the NDAH Policy provides a basis for disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or termination.
Reporting a possible violation
Responsible Employees (e.g., any administrator, supervisor, faculty member, instructor, graduate TA, residential advisor or other University community member in a position of authority) must report any knowledge or complaints of alleged discrimination or harassment involving any prohibited bias factor(s) to the EOO and must relay any request for confidentiality by the complainant. Failure to so report may result in discipline. All other University community members should report the the EOO any knowledge or complaints of alleged discrimination or harassment involving any prohibited bias factor(s).
Except: The following confidential support employees are not usually required to report information that identifies the alleged victim or third party complainant:
- UGA Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) – (706) 542-7233
- UGA Student Care and Outreach – (706) 542-7774
- UGA Ombudspersons – www.uga.edu/ombudsperson/
Also, individuals providing mental health or other services covered by a statutory privilege do not have to report disclosures made in the privileged context, including, without limitation:
- UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services - (706) 542-2273
- UGA Health Center Medical Clinicians - (706) 542-1162
Disclosure of drug or alcohol use as part of a complaint or in the course of an investigation will not be used against any student in a disciplinary proceeding or voluntarily reported to law enforcement.
Retaliation is Prohibited
The NDAH policy prohibits retaliation against anyone who:
- Makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment, OR
- Participates, cooperates, or is otherwise affiliated with any EOO investigation.
Information or knowledge that prohibited retaliation has or is occurring should immediately be reported to the EOO. Retaliation provides an independent basis for disciplinary action.
What happens if a violation of the NDAH policy is found?
UGA will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or retaliation that violates the NDAH Policy. Where such is found, UGA will take steps to end it immediately, remedy its effects, and prevent recurrence. An individual found to have violated the NDAH Policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or remedial action, as warranted. This may include probation, suspension, expulsion or termination.
Revised: August 2019