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A of colleges and universities banned faculty-undergraduate dating or otherwise shored up their consensual relationship policies after the Education Department published a reminder letter about sexual harassment liability, in Other institutions had adopted such policies earlier.
Now, in the era of Me Too, another wave of institutions has moved to restrict consensual relationships between students and their professors. And while many involved in or affected by these decisions support them as preventing potential abuse, others remain critical of policing connections between consenting adults. Fear of legal liability University teacher dating student increasing acknowledgement of academic power structures changed that, leading institutions to adopt a mix of policies regarding these relationships. At the time, within Richards's sample, only Yale University banned undergraduate-faculty dating.
But as institutions increasingly came under scrutiny for their enforcement or lack thereof of Title IX of the Education Amendments ofwhich prohibits gender-based discrimination in education, other campuses followed suit. In one example, Northwestern University -- which saw a case of alleged assault involving a professor and an undergraduate and, later, a graduate student -- banned dating all undergraduates in Its rationale for doing so, stated in the policy itself, sums up much of the thinking behind blanket bans on undergraduate-faculty dating.
Northwestern ly banned relationships between graduate students and faculty supervisors. But the new policy said that relationships between a faculty member and a graduate or professional student in the same department or program must be disclosed to the department chair, to University teacher dating student the potential conflict of interest.
There is no hardfast rule about these policies. Somewhere in the middle of the policy mix, the University of Wisconsin System in banned faculty-student dating graduate or undergraduate where an advisory or supervisory relationship, or the potential University teacher dating student one, exists. Pre-existing relationships must be reported. In the spring semester alone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia and Duke Universities adopted prohibitory policies against dating undergraduates across the board, not only where a supervisory relationship exists.
Syracuse University is considering something similar. The latter policy was a compromise, following debate over an ealier version that would have banned dating between graduate students University teacher dating student professors in the same program.
Most sweepingly, Berklee College of Music -- which has faced recent allegations that it tolerates a culture of harassment -- adopted a ban on all romantic or sexual relationships between employees and students, graduate or undergraduate, this month. Such a strict policy remains rare, since even other relatively restrictive codes allow for graduate students to date professors where no evaluative authority exits.
Apart from blanket bans on dating undergraduates, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the first time this spring banned student-faculty dating where an advisory relationship exists. In a blanket ban scenario, that wouldn't be possible, she said, even if they had no contact on campus. Still, faculty-student dating constraints remain controversial. It's hard to get the details right: outstanding faculty questions about what a proposed policy on consensual relationships at DePaul University really means delayed a vote on it.
Some raise ethical arguments about agency and consent, even calling blanket bans anti-feminist. Brett Sokolow, who advises campuses on security and legal issues as executive director of the Association for Title IX Administrators, also opposes blanket relationship bans. We have retired University teacher dating student and introduced Letters to the Editor. Share your thoughts ». Expand comments Hide comments. View the discussion thread. Advertise About Contact Subscribe.
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