The Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy has been amended and is currently posted on the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) website.
The amendments were implemented to respond to and comply with changing regulatory guidance and policies; to clarify roles, responsibilities, and processes; and to ensure the University Community is free from harassment and discrimination.
The most significant revisions to the Policy are as follows:
- Scope: The revisions expand the scope of the NDAH Policy to make clear that the Policy prohibits discrimination/harassment by any member of the University Community (as broadly defined in the Policy) on campus, in connection with a University event or program, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for the University Community.
- Confidentiality: The revisions identify confidential resources for alleged victims/survivors of sexual assault and confirm that EOO will endeavor to honor requests of confidentiality and will initiate an investigation only when the failure to act would pose a threat to the University Community.
- Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking: The revisions expand the Policy to ensure that domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are handled in the same manner as sexual assault, as required by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
- Reporting Obligations: The revisions clarify the reporting obligations of various members of the University Community and explain that a request for confidentiality or no-investigation should be relayed to EOO, which will consider the request when determining whether to investigate.
- Advocates: The revisions memorialize the parties’ right to have a support person accompany them in all meetings and interviews during the investigation. The support person may be present but may not actively participate in the investigation.
- Amnesty: In order to encourage reporting and participation in investigations, the revisions provide that a student’s drug or alcohol use disclosed during an NDAH investigation will not be sent to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action or voluntarily provided to law enforcement.
- Resources: The revisions identify University and community resources.
- Consensual/Amorous Relationships: The revisions broaden the prohibition on consensual/amorous relationships in supervisory situations to be coextensive with the Policy of the University System of Georgia.
- Appeals: The revisions provide limitations on the grounds on which the President may overturn a decision on appeal to include failure to follow applicable procedures; bias or conflict of interest by the investigator; substantial injustice; a substantially inadequate or excessive sanction; or newly discovered evidence.
Please check the EOO website for training opportunities on the revised NDAH Policy. In addition, training sessions tailored to meet the needs of specific individuals or groups are available upon request by contacting the EOO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-7912.