It is imperative that those in authority neither abuse, nor appear to abuse, this power entrusted to them.The respect and trust accorded an employee by a student, as well as the power exercised in giving praise or blame, grades, recommendations for further student and /or future employment, can greatly diminish should sexual or romantic activity be included in the relationship.The pedagogical relationship between teacher and student must be protected from influences or activities that can interfere with learning and personal development.
The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion.
Employees are responsible for complying with this policy regardless of who initiates the relationship.
This policy applies regardless of whether both the employee and the student consent to the relationship, and whether the relationship is between individuals of the same sex or of the opposite sex.
Many schools look down on professor/student dating because of these reasons.
These examples illustrate the application of this policy, which (as stated in II-5.3 above) applies only to relationships involving students.