Consensual Sexual Activities with Students
Given the fundamentally asymmetrical nature of the faculty-student relationship, voluntary consent by the student in an amorous relationship is suspect. In addition to the possible sexual exploitation of the student involved, other students, staff, and faculty may be affected by such relationships. Therefore, consensual sexual and amorous relationships will be considered unethical and are prohibited between a student and any member of the faculty or administrative staff who teaches, supervises, evaluates, or otherwise is in a position to exercise power or authority over the student. Efforts by members of the faculty or administration staff to initiate these relationships are also prohibited.
Consensual sexual and amorous relationships between a student and any member of the faculty or administrative staff who is not in a position to exercise direct power or authority over that student (e.g., when the student is in a different school or department) may also be inappropriate because of a perception of power or influence. Any member of the faculty or administrative staff who engages in such a relationship must accept responsibility for assuring that it does not result in a conflict of interest or raise other issues of professional ethics. In cases of doubt, advice and counsel should be sought from the dean, department chair, or administrative supervisor.