Harassment and Discrimination

What constitutes harassment?

Discriminatory harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed against any person or group that is based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status and that has the purpose or effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, or intimidating environment for that person or group of persons.

Sexual harassment is inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or unwanted sexual attention of a persistent or offensive nature that sufficiently interferes with an employee’s job performance or a student’s status in an academic course, program, or activity.

Examples of sexually harassing behavior can be found in Georgia Tech’s Anti-Harassment Policy.

How do I file a complaint?

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to communicate effectively, to treat each other with respect, and to resolve complaints as quickly as possible. However, any employee or student who believes he or she has been subjected to discriminatory and/or harassing behavior may have his or her complaints addressed through the Institute’s official complaint process.

View Complaint Policy

How can I prevent discrimination and sexual harassment from occurring?

The Office of Human Resources has developed two courses in which employees can participate to raise awareness and education regarding discrimination and harassment.

Preventing Workplace Discrimination is a course designed for supervisors to understand ways they can prevent discrimination in the workplace. This interactive course provides insight on techniques to ensure equitable employment practices and addresses Georgia Tech's complaint and grievance process.

The Preventing Sexual Harassment training course aims to inform all Georgia Tech employees about the types of sexual harassment and the Institute's policy prohibiting sexual harassment. The course also highlights ways to resolve complaints and provides proactive and preventative approaches to eliminating inappropriate behavior.

Contact the Consultancy unit for departmental training sessions, or check the Master Training Calendar for the next general course and registration information.

EthicsPoint Hotline

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EthicsPoint Hotline

EthicsPoint is an online portal that allows employees to report incidents that are against company policy without fear of jeopardizing their career. It enables organizations to foster a business culture of integrity and compliance. Access the Georgia Tech hotline here.

EthicsPoint enables organizations to foster a business culture of integrity and compliance.