Teachers dating students after they graduate

05 Dec

Therefore, no teacher shall have a sexual or amorous relationship with any undergraduate student, regardless of whether the teacher currently exercises or expects to have any pedagogical or supervisory responsibilities over that student.Teachers or students with questions about this policy are advised to consult with the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX school, or with the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct.According to the University’s Consensual Amorous Relationship Policy, relationships can be “construed as an abuse of authority” or “an inappropriate conflict of interest.” The University instructs those in a developing relationship to report it to a supervisor within the department.The University would then make arrangements to “discontinue formal connections between them,” according to the policy.Junior Daniel Galek said there shouldn’t be a policy because students and teachers should be able to decide if their relationship can work in an academic setting.He said that while it can create bias, he feels most teachers do have bias regardless, such as students that teacher “hates.”Galek did say, however, that it should not get out of hand and severely affect the learning environment.“If you act irresponsibly maybe that should be looked into,” he said.

For purposes of this policy, “direct supervision” includes the following activities (on or off campus): course teaching, examining, grading, advising for a formal project such as a thesis or research, supervising required research or other academic activities, serving in such a capacity as Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, and recommending in an institutional capacity for admissions, employment, fellowships or awards.If students and teachers want their relationships to go beyond academic, they may want to wait until after the student graduates.The University does not allow students and teachers to be in an amorous relationship, which ranges from anything such as dating to a sexual relationship.He said that preventing these relationships from forming helps students have a better experience.“We want to make sure students have a great academic experience in a great and welcome academic environment,” Balzer said.Junior Taylor Spearman agrees with the policy and thinks relationships between students and teachers can create bias.“I’d be pretty [angry] if someone was getting unfair treatment with an instructor,” she said.