Georgia College will not tolerate harassment of any individual because of that person's sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state and local laws. Such harassing behavior should be avoided because conduct appearing to be welcomed or tolerated by one employee or student may be offensive to another employee or student. Respect for the dignity and worth of others should be the guiding principle for our relations with each other.
Harassment may include display or circulation of written materials or pictures degrading to either gender or to racial, ethnic or religious groups, verbal abuse or insults directed at or made in the presence of members of a racial, ethnic or minority group. Harassment may also include behavior which is personally offensive, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, or interferes with the work performance of other employees or students.
Complaints of harassment in any form should be reported promptly to the immediate supervisor. Should the complaint be about the supervisor, it should be reported to the next level supervisor, the Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations, and/or the Chief Diversity Officer. Complaints will be investigated and corrective action taken as determined appropriate by the university. GC strives to provide a community in which students, faculty, administrators, staff and other members of the community can work and live together in an environment free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, intimidation and discrimination. Harassment is demeaning to all persons involved, and subverts the mission of the University. It is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated.