Effective July 1, 2023, The University System of Georgia (USG) and The University of Georgia (UGA) began working together to ensure compliance with the revised Board of Regents’ Policy 6.5: Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom. The updated policies include Employee Recruitment (PDF) and General Criteria for Employment (PDF). These policy revisions apply to all USG institutions, including the University of Georgia.
It is critical that all University leaders are familiar with the changes to the policy and HR procedures related to employee recruitment and training and take immediate steps towards compliance including a review of current position postings and advertisements.
Key changes and points include:
- Recruitment procedures shall be free of ideological tests, affirmations, and oaths
(including diversity statements).
- Hiring, promotion, or tenure decision(s) must be purely based on the University’s
ability to achieve its mission and strategic priorities in support of student success.
- The screening process should not extend beyond the stated mission and values of the
University and the functional expectations of the departmental unit.
- Departmental units are not allowed to develop mission or value statements that are
not aligned with the overall Institutional mission and values.
- Take immediate action to eliminate non-compliant training and programs including any
kind of required statements, affirmations, ideology tests, and oaths (including diversity
- Mandatory employee training should be limited to that which complies with the Board
of Regents, State of Georgia, and federal policies, regulations, and laws.
- No training may include affirmations, ideological tests, or oaths (including diversity
- Individual units and departments are not permitted to mandate training for departmental
employees beyond training approved by the President and Chief Human Resources Officer