Graduate student and professor dating
Professors had previously been permitted to have relationships with graduate students as long as they were not in their classes or under their supervision.So, for example, an English professor was allowed to date a Ph. student working in a biology lab on the other side of campus.In , Ross Geller is a New York University professor, who knowingly dates his student Elizabeth.Throughout both series, the inappropriate nature of these relationships is frowned upon, but not condemned.That's actually how my parents met — my dad was my mom's TA in medical school, and when their class was over and my dad had began his residency, they started dating.Additionally, founder of relationship coaching company Maze of Love Chris Armstrong says that if the authority figure is single and doesn't have an academic relationship with the student anymore, the relationship may be less taboo.On the University's website, the school acknowledges that the power dynamics of these relationships can be imbalanced."Entering into a sexual, dating, or romantic relationship ('Intimate Relationship') when one individual has power or authority over the other may compromise freely given consent, put the academic and professional development of the individuals at risk, and seriously undermine the foundation of trust, fairness and integrity that is essential to NYU’s academic mission," the NYU Policy on Consensual Intimate Relationship reads.
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But, Princeton reconsidered the policy in the wake of the #Me Too movement and nationwide calls for stricter guidelines to prevent professors from having too much power over graduate students, especially in personal relationships.“This is an important step in ensuring that we create a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment for everyone on campus,” Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the faculty, said in an email to professors announcing the new policy.
Princeton already banned all relationships between faculty and undergraduate students.
Additionally, there can be mega-consequences: "Authority figures can be suspended or fired, [be the subject of] lawsuits, media campaigns, [and] more #Me Too articles," Rubin says.
"The [student] may get a bad reputation as well, [and] could also feel like dropping out of school or needing to transfer."Beyond the fact that the romantic relationship could result in tainting the reputation of both people involved, there's something even more grave to consider: If the student is younger than 17 years old, the relationship could be illegal in the eyes of the law."Statutory rape is a real crime with serious consequences," April Masini, health and fitness advocate and author, tells Elite Daily.