Ethics of dating a former student
“It’s much more common than it should be.”Despite policies put in place at colleges and universities during the past decade that prohibit relationships between professors and the students they teach, and newer policies prohibiting all romantic and sexual relationships between instructors and undergraduates, professors on campuses across the country say that while such relationships are not common, they are more frequent than many expect."Sexual harassment has not disappeared from our campuses" and the "development of policies and programs has not eliminated the problem -- and perhaps never will," wrote Billie Wright Dziech, an English professor at the University of Cincinnati, and Linda Weiner, a former college administrator, in their book The Lecherous Professor.
Because of the stigma attached to such relationships, and the fact that they are prohibited on many campuses, tracking how frequently they happen is difficult.
Where it is concluded that a position of authority in a faculty-student consensual relationship exists and the faculty member and/or the student involved refuse(s) to terminate the position of authority, the department chair or dean shall terminate the position of authority and can impose sanctions against the parties involved.
Persons in violation of this policy shall be subject to sanctions ranging from verbal warnings to dismissal or termination.
But local news coverage has been dominated by questions about the relationship between the student, Kathryn Benoit, and the man suspected of killing her, Ernesto A.
Bustamante, who until a few days before Benoit's death was a professor in the department in which Benoit was enrolled.
Relationships between faculty members and students used to be fairly common.
"The statistics haven't changed since we started studying this," she says.Higher education groups do not survey faculty members about their relationships, and both students and faculty members would likely be reluctant to answer such questions honestly.It is also not in the best interests of an institution to discuss the prevalence of such relationships on its campus, Dziech says.Dank, former professor at California State University at Long Beach.“People tend to date people they meet in their everyday surroundings.
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