Student-teacher affairs Sexual relations between professors and students
Intimate relationships between instructors and their students has been a subject of constant debate, particularly on American university campuses. The initiators of such discussion are usually opposed to potential conflict of interests in the classroom, imbalance of power in the personal relationship, and situations of sexual harassment. Often this debate is spurred by the presupposition that a student is either the willing or intimidated victim of an instructor's advances. Another argument simply states intimate relationships between instructors and students are inappropriate, whether the romance is consensual or not. Current considerations include policies on relationships between professors and the students they supervise, professors and non-supervisory students, and on relationships between faculty members.
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