Faculty-Student and Employee-Student Relationships

The university strongly discourages its faculty and staff from engaging in romantic and/or sexual relationships with students. In such relationships, voluntary consent by the student is suspect because of the inherently unequal nature of the relationship. Such relationships can lead to a complaint of sexual harassment when the student feels exploited. When a faculty member engages in such a relationship with a student over whom the faculty member has supervisory responsibility, the faculty member is obligated to disclose the relationship to the university. Similarly, when a staff member has such a relationship with a student and the staff member’s professional responsibilities make it possible for the staff member to influence the student’s status or circumstances, the staff member is obligated to disclose the relationship to the university. Upon disclosure, the university will take action to eliminate any real or perceived conflict. For more information, please refer to SPG 601.22, Faculty-Student Relationships, and SPG 601.22-1, Employee-Student Relationships.