Ethnicity or National Origin

As an international institution, the University of Georgia welcomes and values its many students and employees who represent a wide variety of national origins. The research and teaching missions of the University of Georgia are supported by the many international scholars, faculty and staff who come to Athens from around the world.  

Federal law, including Title VI of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibits denying any individual equal employment opportunity because of birthplace, ancestry, or cultural or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group or national origin. Georgia state law likewise prohibits employment discrimination based on national origin.  The University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”) further prohibits ethnicity or national origin discrimination in University employment or education.  Discriminatory behavior based on ethnicity or national origin often, but not necessarily, also involves improper considerations of race or color.

The NDAH Policy’s prohibition on ethnicity and national origin discrimination includes, without limitation, making employment or educational decisions -- or subjecting an individual to different treatment compared to other similarly-situated persons in the educational or employment context -- based on: the  individual’s marriage to or association with persons of a particular ethnic group or national origin; participation in organizations, schools, churches, temples, or mosques generally associated with a particular ethnic group or national origin; or surnames associated with a particular ethnicity or national origin.

Please note that the University of Georgia is required by law to verify that all of its employees are legally authorized to work in the United States by the time of their start date and that all of its students are lawfully present in the United States.  However, neither national origin nor citizenship status is a legitimate criterion for an employment or educational decision at the University.  Hiring authorities and admissions personnel should not make judgments or assumptions about foreign-looking or foreign-sounding applicants, but only require that all entering or current employees provide proof of their authorization to work in the United States and that all students provide proof of their lawful presence in the United States.  For further information and assistance, please contact the University of Georgia’s International Student, Scholar and Immigration Services (ISSIS) at (706) 542-2900 or, or visit the ISSIS website

Harassment on the basis of ethnicity or national origin is also prohibited.  As defined by the University’s NDAH Policy, such harassment consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on ethnicity or national origin when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to:

  1. Unreasonably interfere with the individual’s work or educational performance;
  2. Create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or
  3. Unreasonably interfere with or limits one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

If you have knowledge of or believe you have experienced ethnicity or national origin discrimination or harassment, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542-7912 or

UGA faculty, instructors, administrators, supervisors and all other employees (including student employees) who are in positions of authority must report to the Equal Opportunity Office any complaints they receive or knowledge they possess (whether direct or indirect) of ethnicity or national origin discrimination or harassment.  Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.

Types of Discrimination