"Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons, demean them on a personal or group level, communicate they are lesser human beings, suggest they do not belong with the majority group, threaten and intimidate, or relegate them to inferior status and treatment."  
Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., Microaggressions: More Than Just Race, Nov. 17, 2010.

Depending on their severity, frequency, and context, microaggressions related to protected categories (e.g., race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status) may constitute or contribute to discriminatory harassment prohibited by the University's Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy.  

As defined by the NDAH Policy, discriminatory harassment consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on a protected category when:

  1. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance;

  2. Such conduct creates or has the intention of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or

  3. Such conduct unreasonably interferes 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 discriminatory harassment, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542-7912 or ugaeoo@uga.edu.

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 discriminatory harassment.  Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.

Types of Discrimination