Policy Manual

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy of Georgia College

Georgia College (GC) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal employment opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment, which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Employment decisions shall be made based on the principles of equal employment opportunity, and with the intent to further Georgia College's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. All managers and officials of the University directly bear the responsibility for making every effort to understand and alleviate under-utilization of minorities, females, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and all other covered veterans. Managers shall take affirmative action to ensure that minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are introduced into the workforce, are encouraged to aspire for promotion, and are considered for promotional opportunities, if available.

Managers shall ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, reduction in force, returns from layoffs, terminations, University-sponsored training, educational tuition remission, and social and recreational programs shall be administered without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, except where a reasonable accommodation is unavailable and/or is a bona fide occupational qualification.

Georgia College seeks to maintain an internal system of audit and reporting that shall assist in the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and the effectiveness of its Affirmative Action programs. Specifically, this system shall facilitate the identification and removal of inequalities and deficiencies in its employment policies and practices that could preclude the fair and equal treatment of all employees including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and all covered veterans.

Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, discrimination, nor have their employment opportunities adversely affected because they have engaged in or may engage in any EEO protected activities.

Perspective employees are encouraged to voluntarily identify their race, gender and ethnicity. Employees are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or a qualified covered veteran. Self-identification is strictly voluntary, confidential, and will not result in retaliation of any sort.

Georgia College's written Affirmative Action Programs are available for review in the Office of Human Resources upon written request from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. All requests will be processed with two to three business days. Any questions should be directed to your supervisor or to the Office of Human Resources, (478) 445-5596.