College professor and student dating
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Even at the grad school level, the power dynamics are too problematic. We would frown heavily upon peers who chose to date students in their classes or undergrads in the major. I don't care if they're just dating a student (who they have no authority over, they don't teach them/not in their department).
I think it's pretty skeevy if they're dating anyone they have direct authority over, though... I'm still just a grad student, and I don't think I would be comfortable dating one of the regular undergrads.
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 manage the potential conflict of interest. Richards’s institution, Baltimore -- a traditionally non-traditional student-serving institution -- has no policy against student-faculty dating, for instance.
Somewhere in the middle of the policy mix, the University of Wisconsin System in 2016 banned faculty-student dating (graduate or undergraduate) where an advisory or supervisory relationship, or the potential for one, exists. The University of California System’s policy against professors dating the students they supervise academically has been in place since 2003.
That mix led to subsequent “confusion” about community norms, however, according to the study.
Romantic relationships between professors and graduate or professional students “whenever the faculty member exercises direct academic authority over the student or is likely to in the foreseeable future,” also are prohibited.
The latter policy was a compromise, following debate over an ealier version that would have banned dating between graduate students and professors in the same program.
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.