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Section 1.11.05: Faculty/Student Relationships Policy

Students are required to abstain from engaging in inappropriate conduct or relationships, including those of a romantic or sexual nature, with faculty members, course/field instructors, staff members, or clients. Inappropriate conduct or relationships have the potential to pose risk to the participants or third parties; create conflicts of interest; or lead to unfair advantage or disadvantage to the participants or third parties. Students and field instructors are expected to comply with the University's policies on appropriate relationships between faculty and students. Field instructors are considered "faculty in the field" and therefore are required to abide by this policy.

Purpose of the policy
The teacher-student relationship lies at the foundation of the educational process. As a matter of sound judgment and professional ethics, faculty members and field instructors have a responsibility to avoid any apparent or actual conflict between their professional responsibilities and personal relationships with students.

Romantic and/or sexual relationships between a faculty member/field instructor and a student have the potential to pose risks to the faculty member/field instructor, the student, or third parties. For a variety of reasons, the University strongly discourages romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty members/field instructors and students.

To whom does the policy apply?
The policy applies to any University or University sanctioned teacher, mentor, or supervisor (field instructor) of students. This includes, but is not limited to, regular instructional faculty, clinical faculty, supplemental and research faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate student instructors, graduate student research assistants, preceptors, and graders.

To review the policy (Standard Practice Guide 601.22) and a set of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the website of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President:

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