|Proposal: ||A conflict of interest arises when faculty develop amorous/sexual relationships with students in their classes, in campus organizations, or in any situation in which the student might fear reprisals or expect special treatment. Perceptions of retaliation or favoritism and liability for the University could ensue.|
The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy “discourages” but does not prohibit these types of relationships between faculty and students. There have been cases where these types of relationships have been problematic, so it is important for the University to consider this issue specifically.
Develop a specific policy to prohibit consensual relationships between faculty and the students that they supervise or instruct, because of the inherent conflict of commitment and power imbalance.