Romantic and Sexual Relationships

(Student Handbook 5.13)

Prohibited Supervision

Faculty members and graduate students are prohibited from exercising academic supervision over persons with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship (academic supervision is defined as assigning grades, sitting on a thesis or dissertation committee, or otherwise exercising decision-making power that affects the student’s academic record, academic benefits, or progress toward graduation). Supervisors are prohibited from having supervisory responsibility over persons with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship. A faculty member, graduate student, or supervisor who has a romantic or sexual relationship with a person over whom he or she has academic or other supervisory responsibility must notify his or her immediate superior of the relationship. The faculty member, graduate student, or supervisor must be removed immediately from all decision-making processes and supervisory roles concerning the person with whom he or she has the relationship. The University requires the resolution of all conflicts of interest created by the relationship.

Grounds for Discipline

Failure to report the relationship, cooperate in the transfer of supervisory responsibility, and resolve all conflicts of interest are grounds for discipline, up to and including termination under appropriate University policies.

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