Federal law -- including the First Amendment of the United States’ Constitution and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- Georgia state law, and the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”) prohibit discrimination and harassment in the work and/or educational environment on the basis of religion or creed. This protection applies to all religious and spiritual observances, practices, and sincerely held beliefs.
Religious 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 assumptions, biases, or judgments about the individual’s religion or creed.
Harassment on the basis of religion or creed 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 religion or creed 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 religion or creed, 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 religion or creed. Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.