View Bill 18-19-37

Senate Bill 18-19-37

Bill ID: 18-19-37
Name: Proposal to Establish a Consensual Relationships Policy
Proposed: 03/28/2019
Sponsor: Steve Rolston, Professor & Chair, Physics
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.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Faculty Affairs Committee
Received: 04/08/2019
Decision Due By: 11/06/2020
Actions: The FAC began discussing its charge at its meeting on December 2, 2019. The committee reviewed the Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as policies and procedures related to consensual relationships at Big 10 and other peer institutions. The FAC met with the proposer in February 2020 to discuss his perspectives based on his role at the institution. The FAC also met with the Title IX Officer and Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) in March 2020.
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 04/01/2019
Decision Date: 04/08/2019
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Faculty Affairs Committee with review of the proposal.
Next Step: Faculty Affairs Committee Review
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