But the student-teacher relationship can change dramatically in college.This can be good, but it can also lead to some ethical confusion when romance enters the picture.A survey of Westchester colleges and universities revealed that no formal policies addressing faculty-student dating are in place, but many schools said that a prohibition against such relationships is implicit in other policies regulating professional conduct."We view this kind of relationship as inappropriate," said James Bryan, Dean of Students at Manhattanville College.Another factor is that many colleges foster a culture of closeness between professors and students, with everyone operating on a first-name basis and in a relatively informal social structure.Even at colleges where students never really meet their professors, romantic relationships can blossom between Teaching Assistants (TAs) and their students.For college students, academic performance and romance are two of the most stressful elements of day-to-day life.It's even more difficult when those things become intertwined.
He told colleagues in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice about the relationship.
A scenario that has been raising concern on college campuses might go something like this: He is a middle-aged English professor, an expert on Henry James, who appears worldly and sophisticated in his tweed jacket while lecturing to his class. The appropriateness of faculty-student dating is being discussed on campuses throughout Westchester, echoing a nationwide debate about whether such relationships should be tolerated, regulated or banned altogether.
She is an 18-year-old freshman, starry eyed and entranced by her teacher's apparent brilliance and sensitivity. Faculty members at the University of Virginia recently voted to prohibit sexual relationships between professors and the students they supervise.
Sexual relationships between students and faculty are fraught with peril.
Although all of us have personal examples of a faculty member who married a student and lived happily ever after, many, if not most, of these relationships have a very short shelf life.When they turn sour, the risks to all parties to the relationship can be very high.