Policy on professors dating students
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We are willing to pay costs to protect fundamental rights.
The policy doesn’t ban these relationships outright but says that romances “between employees in which one has direct or indirect authority over the other are always potentially problematic.
This includes not only relationships between supervisors and their staff, but also between senior faculty and junior faculty, faculty and both academic and nonacademic staff, and so forth.” The policy says that where such a relationship develops, the person with greater authority must recuse himself or herself from matters involving a romantic partner to ensure “that he/she does not exercise any supervisory or evaluative function over the other person in the relationship.” Where such recusal is required, the recusing party must also notify a supervisor, department chair, dean or human resources manager, so that person can ensure adequate alternative supervisory or evaluative arrangements are put in place.
Others, including Stanford and Duke, discourage but do not forbid such relationships, he said.
Resignation and litigation at Stanford point to complications when an administrator has a relationship with a faculty member in his or her unit, but few colleges have formal policies about such situations.
If a professor is romantically involved with a graduate student, a colleague can provide the evaluation and grade for this person, just as judges recuse themselves from hearing cases in which they may have a conflict of interest, Abramson said.