Sexual Orientation

“Sexual orientation” refers to a person's physical and/or emotional attraction to persons of the same and/or opposite gender.  “Gay,” “lesbian,” “straight,” “bisexual,”  “asexual,” and "queer" are some of the terms used to describe sexual orientation.  A person’s sexual orientation is distinct from a person’s gender identity.

UGA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center offers support and advocacy to the LGBT, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) community.  Telephone: (706) 542-4077.  GLOBES is UGA's LGBTQA faculty/staff organization.  Lambda Alliance @ UGA is a student organization that supports the LGBTQA community on campus and in the Athens area. 

The University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (“NDAH Policy”) prohibits discriminatory decision-making; disparate treatment compared to other similarly-situated persons; or harassment based on a person’s sexual orientation.  

As defined by the University’s NDAH Policy, prohibited harassment consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on sexual orientation 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 discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation, 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 discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation.  Failure to make a report is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.

Types of Discrimination