Student Handbook

Relationships between Students and Faculty or Employers

Relationships between a faculty member and a student, a student and a professional staff member or between a supervisor and employee should be considered ones of professional and client in which the initiation of sexual relationships is inappropriate and unethical. The power differential inherent in faculty/student, staff/student, and supervisor/employee relationships compromises the subordinate's ability to freely decide. The respect and trust accorded a professor by a student, as well as the power exercised by the professor in giving praise or blame, grades, recommendations for further study and future employment, greatly diminish the student's actual freedom of choice should sexual favors be included among the professor's demands. The same is true with respect to a supervisor and employee. Codes of ethics for most professional associations forbid the initiation of sexual relationships where professional/client, teacher/student, or supervisor/employee relationships exist.