Consensual or Romantic Relationships

Consensual or romantic relationships between faculty and staff members, although discouraged by the University, will remain the private business of such employees unless the relationship becomes disruptive to the operation of the University or results in unfair treatment of either party involved in the relationship or a third party. All consensual relationships between employees (faculty or staff) and students are strongly discouraged and may be examined closely for improprieties. However, a consensual relationship between an employee and a student when the employee is in a position of power or authority over the student are absolutely forbidden and prohibited. It is important to remember that several our students are legal minors, and relationships with these students could result in criminal penalties. Examples of prohibited relationships are a student worker and a supervisor, or a student and a counselor or advisor, or relationships with any student over whom an employee exercises any academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, advisory, or extracurricular authority or influence, or if the employee has the authority to influence the academic progress, aid, benefits, or services to a student.

Continuing in a relationship which is prohibited or that has become disruptive can result in disciplinary action, including termination.

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