Policy Regarding Evaluative Authority Over Students

Policy Statement

No faculty member may have evaluative or supervisory authority (including the assignment of grades, the supervision of dissertations, or decisions relating to employment or financial support) over a student who is a relative or with whom the faculty member is having or has recently had a romantic or sexual relationship.  If such a relationship exists or has existed between a faculty member and a student over whom the faculty member has evaluative or supervisory authority, the faculty member must report the relationship to his or her department chair, dean, or the University Provost.  For purposes of this policy, a relative is a blood relation, in-law, step or adoptive relative, as close as or closer than nephew or niece.
If the person to whom the relationship is reported determines that such action is necessary, it is the responsibility of both the faculty member with the evaluative or supervisory authority and the individual to whom the relationship is reported to ensure that the evaluative or supervisory authority is reassigned.  If this is not feasible in a particular instance, the faculty member and the individual to whom the relationship is reported must bring the matter to the attention of the Provost. Failure to report a relationship is a violation of the policy.

Responsible Office: Office of the Provost

Who Needs to Know This Policy: All Northwestern faculty members

Contacts: If you have any questions on this Policy, contact facultyrecords@northwestern.edu.

Dated: May, 2013