Professor dating student policy
Employees are responsible for complying with this policy regardless of who initiates the relationship.
This policy applies regardless of whether both the employee and the student consent to the relationship, and whether the relationship is between individuals of the same sex or of the opposite sex.
Power differentials, real or perceived, can diminish a student’s ability to give meaningful consent to such a relationship.
A faculty member’s ability to teach, evaluate, or advise a student without partiality is suspect when the faculty member and the student have a dating, romantic, or sexual relationship.
If an employee becomes involved in a sexual or romantic relationship with a student, or has had a past relationship with the student, the employee must immediately notify his or her supervisor.
No employee shall exercise academic responsibility (instructional, evaluative or supervisory) for any student with whom the employee has or has had a sexual or romantic relationship.
Faculty members who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
For these reasons, dating, romantic, or sexual relationships between students and faculty members, including relationships that occur when College is not in session or students are on leave, are prohibited. On occasion, a faculty member will have a dating, romantic, or sexual relationship, or a marriage, with an individual who then becomes a student, or an individual with a pre-existing relationship with a student will join the faculty.
It is the obligation of the faculty member to disclose that relationship or marriage to the Dean of the School (or Executive Director of the program) in which the student is enrolled.
It is the obligation of that Dean or Executive Director to take the steps that he or she deems necessary to insure that the educational experience of the student, and other students in the School or program, is not materially affected by the dating, romantic, sexual, or marital relationship.
Since individual cases may vary, the Dean or Executive Director has discretion to consider specific circumstances—the nature of the relationship, the specifics of the student’s academic program and the faculty member’s responsibilities, and constraints on the School or program—in fashioning these steps.