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Consensual Relationships

Romantic or sexual relationships between students or postgraduates (as defined by this policy) and faculty members, staff members, or others in positions of authority over them are prohibited whenever those relationships have the potential to interfere with an individual’s right or ability to pursue academic, training, research, or professional interests.

Policy details


Your local administrative office or human resources representative or the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX.

Revision History:

03/02/2022: Added link to FAQs and removed Interim status.

10/06/2021: Modified phrasing to address potentially ambiguous language about relationships requiring disclosure.

09/10/2021: Clarified information about relationships between undergraduate students and staff members.

08/02/2021: Updated policy to state that sexual or romantic relationships are prohibited between staff and students, and changed status of policy to interim.

02/08/2021: Fixed broken link.

10/30/2020: Changed Responsible Office from Academic Human Resources to the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX.

12/21/2018: Removed Interim Status. Performed Full Review. Made minor changes throughout based upon review by the Policy Advisory Group and the Executive Policy Review Group.

09/14/2018: Made minor changes to language in Provision 2 and Provision 3, in "Prohibited Relationships."