Intimate Relationships Between Professors and Students

Intimate Relationships Between Professors and Students

Sexual harassment or amorous relationships between members of the profession and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility should be avoided. This applies to any supervisor relationship between professors and graduate assistants, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as graduate assistants with students they teach or supervise.

Implicit in the idea of professionalism is the recognition by those in positions of authority that in their relationships with their students there is always an element of power. It is incumbent upon members of the profession not to abuse, nor seem to abuse the power with which they are entrusted, since relationships between members of the profession and their students are quite imbalanced. Such relationships may have the effect of undermining the atmosphere of trust among students and faculty on which the educational process depends.