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A survey of Westchester colleges and universities revealed that no formal policies addressing faculty-student dating are in place, but many schools said that a prohibition against such relationships is implicit in other policies regulating professional conduct.
"We view this kind of relationship as inappropriate," said James Bryan, Dean of Students at Manhattanville College.
But he said that is was a situation that was fraught with peril because it also depended on the emotional stability of the professor.
A faculty member who himself was emotionally immature might be vulnerable to a student's attention and quick to misinterpret the adulation as genuine love, Dr. A Change of Status Is true love between a professor and student possible, let alone recognizable by regulatory codes of conduct?
But many administrators refer to faculty-student dating as "a gray area," where individual maturity levels, professor's marital status and questions of direct supervision play a role.
Professional Conduct A relationship between a student and a young faculty member or teaching assistant who is finishing his or her master's degree, is single and close in age to that student, may present a different scenario from that between a student and an older, married faculty member, said Terrell V.
Everyone brings up the case of the long-term, happy relationship, but that's a rarity.
What you are really trying to do is smoke out the professor who every semester picks up a student to have a relationship with -- the habitual offender," she said.
"They are parallel, though not identical, issues," said Dr."While it isn't specifically addressed in our regulations, I do think that we would find a faculty-student relationship ruled out tacitly by our other policies, particularly with respect to sexual harassment and notions of professional conduct," he said.A Gray Area Representatives from the State University of New York at Purchase, Marymount College, Sarah Lawrence College, Pace University, Westchester Community College, Iona College and Mercy College also said that such relationships were discouraged by the administration though not specifically addressed in college policies.These examples illustrate the application of this policy, which (as stated in II-5.3 above) applies only to relationships involving students.However, romantic and/or sexual relationships in other contexts may also be problematic and are governed by III-8 Conflict of Interest in Employment.
Others say that any faculty-student relationship is simply incompatible with the mission of higher education. Ronald Herron, vice president for student affairs at SUNY Purchase. There are profound obligations one takes on as an educator that require us to always place the student and the act of teaching ahead of personal interest." Dr.