Federal and state laws, as well as the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”), prohibit race or color discrimination in the employment and educational contexts.
Race discrimination consists of unfair treatment of an individual or group based on characteristics traditionally associated with race, such as skin color, hair texture, and facial features. Race discrimination includes, without limitation, making employment or educational decisions based on race or color, or subjecting an individual to different, adverse treatment compared to other similarly-situated persons in the educational or employment context based on assumptions, biases, or judgments concerning race or color.
Harassment on the basis of race or color is also a form of prohibited discrimination. As defined by the University’s NDAH Policy, such harassment consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on race or color when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to:
- Unreasonably interfere with the individual’s work or educational performance;
- Create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or
- 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 discrimination or harassment based on race or color, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542-7912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 discrimination or harassment based on race or color. Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.