“The University of Georgia ('the University') is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, University System of Georgia policy, and University policy, the University prohibits harassment of or discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status by any member of the University Community on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the University Community. Incidents of harassment and discrimination will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or expulsion from the University.”
University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, last amended 3/15/17
The protected categories identified in the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (NDAH Policy) are: race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
The NDAH Policy prohibits discriminatory decision-making relating to University employment or participation in University programs or activities based on any of the protected categories. For instance, decisions about hiring, admission into a program or course of study, grading, performance evaluation, work location, job tasks, discipline or termination cannot be based on any of the protected categories. Additionally, with respect to University employment or participation in University programs or activities, an individual cannot be subjected to disparate, adverse treatment compared to other similarly-situated persons based on any of the protected categories.
The NDAH Policy further prohibits discriminatory harassment based on any of the protected categories. As defined by the NDAH Policy, “discriminatory harassment” consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on any of the protected categories 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.
Discriminatory harassment can include expressions of disrespect, dislike, hate or hostility when based on any of the protected categories and targeted at an individual or group of individuals. Discriminatory harassment can occur in various forms including, without limitation, actions, gestures, spoken or written language, and use or display of images or symbols.
Discriminatory decision-making and discriminatory harassment (collectively, “NDAH incidents”) should be reported to 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 any alleged NDAH incidents. Failure to make a report by an employee in a position of authority is a separate violation of the NDAH Policy.
There are multiple reasons for reporting NDAH incidents:
- So the person experiencing reported discrimination or harassment can receive support.
- So the University can follow-up with any alleged perpetrators.
- So the University can track problems and take remedial action to maintain a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study.
- So the University can take action to prevent future NDAH incidents from occurring.
Some NDAH incidents may also constitute a crime (e.g., damage to property, assault, sexual assault, harassment/stalking). If you believe a crime may have occurred, in addition to reporting the NDAH incident to the Equal Opportunity Office, please report it to law enforcement by calling:
- UGA Police if the incident occurred on any UGA campus – 911 or (706) 542-2200
- Athens-Clarke County Police if the incident occurred off-campus in Athens - 911 or (706) 613-3330
- Local law enforcement for the relevant jurisdiction if incident occurred outside of Athens-Clarke County
NOTE TO THIRD PARTIES REGARDING CONTACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO REPORT SEXUAL ASSAULT:
It is the choice of the person who experienced sexual assault (the survivor) whether to report the incident to law enforcement. If the survivor indicates a desire to make a report, it is appropriate to offer to assist in calling the police. Otherwise, law enforcement should be contacted only if:
- the factual circumstances of the sexual assault indicate an imminent threat to the safety of a particular individual or the University community;
- the survivor/victim needs transport for medical services (including transport to the local Family Protection Center for a sexual assault forensic exam) and consents to your contacting law enforcement for this limited purpose; or
- the survivor is under the age of 16.