Intimate Relationships

Between Students and Faculty

Faculty members are in positions of authority and influence in regard to students. Therefore, intimate relationships between a faculty member and student, whether or not the student is in the faculty member’s class or department, can compromise the integrity of the student-faculty relationship. Faculty members, therefore, may not engage in romantic or intimate relationships with students, even if the relationship is welcomed and wholly consensual.

Between Non-Supervisory Official and Faculty/Staff

Consensual relationships between a non-supervisory official and a faculty/staff person, while not prohibited, must be disclosed to the Human Resources Director so that the Director can take any steps necessary to protect the parties involved and avoid even the appearance of favoritism.