Dating your professor
Graduate students may have the most to lose, Dziech said, because they rely on recommendations from professors to land teaching or research jobs. He or she can face sexual-harassment complaints or even lawsuits over the alleged behavior if trying to continue the relationship after it ends.University policy groups don't track how common it is for faculty to date students. Her theory is that higher education doesn't really want to know how often it goes on.But there's a huge imbalance of power that comes into play in a student-professor relationship, Dziech said.The student may get advantages not available to other students, such as better grades or recommendations for jobs or internships.Tompkins chaired the committee that drafted the new policy."We can't share exact data," she told faculty members. The story came a month after a blog posted by an advocacy group that was started by a former ASU student, Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, carried similar allegations.In July, the group's founder, Jasmine Lester, filed a complaint with the U. Department of Education on behalf of herself and a group of current and former students, asking the agency to expand a federal investigation already underway into how the university handles complaints of sexual assault or harassment.
The student's reputation can be damaged if word gets out to other faculty.
Lester asked the agency to look into how ASU responds to sexual harassment involving faculty and students.
Two of the instructors named in her complaint no longer teach at Barrett.
The senate debated and asked questions for about 40 minutes before voting on the revision. The senate believes a ban on all faculty-student relationships would be too restrictive and difficult to enforce. But it does warn faculty that, "such relationships should therefore be avoided."ASU, in a statement, said the university's policies regarding faculty-staff relationships are "inadequate as written.
The faculty senate should be commended for taking steps to strengthen those policies to ensure that faculty members and lecturers have only professional relationships with students."Stephen Montoya, a Phoenix attorney who represented Kunzi in her lawsuit,called the revision a step in the right direction.