Policy of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

Policy No: 
1.1
Type of Policy: 
Administrative
Last Revised: 
September 2011
Review Date: 
March 2017
Policy Owner: 
Human Resources
Contact Name: 
Eric White
Contact Title: 
Workforce Strategy
Contact Email: 
eric.white@ohr.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy: 

Georgia Tech is committed to affirmative implementation of equal opportunity in education and employment.

Policy Statement: 

The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, or any other Institute governed programs and activities. The Institute’s equal opportunity and non-discrimination policy applies to every member of the Institute community.

The Institute’s affirmative action program, Title IX program, and related policies are developed in compliance with applicable law.

Pursuant to Title IX, the Institute does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. As such, the University does not tolerate any kind of gender-based discrimination or harassment, which includes sexual violence, sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment. Inquiries concerning the Institute’s application of or compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Burns Newsome, burnsnewsome@gatech.edu, 404-385-5151. Additionally, inquiries concerning the application of applicable federal laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504) may be directed to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (www2.ed.gov/ocr).

Scope: 

Entities Affected By This Policy
All employees, students, and contractors of Georgia Tech are covered by this policy.

Who Should Read This Policy
All employees, students, and contractors within Georgia Tech should be aware of this policy.

Procedures: 

The policy outlines Institute practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws as well as the process for filing a formal complaint. Every member of the Georgia Tech community is expected to uphold this policy and to ensure that nondiscriminatory practices are followed at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech will:

  • Provide equal opportunity to all employees, students, contractors, and to all applicants for employment or admission;
  • Comply with all laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace;
  • Review all of its personnel policies, including benefits, compensation, employment, promotion, training, tuition assistance, and separation, to ensure there is no unlawful discrimination or harassment because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status
  • Make reasonable accommodations for the physical and/or mental disabilities of qualified employees, students, and applicants;
  • Inform employees and students of the right to refer complaints to their supervisor, to the Human Resources Department, or to the Dean of Students without being subject to intimidation or retaliation in any form.

Any employee or student who believes he or she has been subjected to discriminatory and/or harassing behavior from individuals covered by this policy has the right to seek redress through consultation with management in the employee’s or student’s academic unit. When a complaint is accepted by an Institute Office for processing, voluntary mediation or a formal investigation may occur. Any investigation conducted by the Institute’s Equal Opportunity Officer or his/her designee will result in a written determination of findings being issued. See 1.11Equal Opportunity Complaint Policy for additional information on filing a complaint.

Responsibilities: 

The responsibilities each office has in connection with Equal Opportunity are:

PartyResponsibility
Vice President for Institute Diversity and InclusionEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Office of Human ResourcesEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Student Affairs, Dean of StudentsEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment ServicesEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Athletics, Director and Title IX CoordinatorEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Business Services, ProcurementEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.
Legal AffairsEnsure compliance with policy & offer assistance with policy interpretation.