Consensual Relationships Between Students and Faculty

Dating faculty members

The best time to date your professor, if at all, is after you have graduated from school. While it is true that some students have been able to date their professors without any problems, this is the exception rather than the rule.

Some of the problems inherent in dating your professor are:

Even if the relationship ends amicably it would be difficult to know for sure if your grade was influenced by the professor’s personal feelings, and it might still be awkward to be in any of his/her classes in the future.

Information obtained from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Further guidance on the possible implications of students dating their professors is available on their website.

Dating teaching assistants

Teaching assistants cannot have evaluative, supervisory, or instructional authority (including the assignment of grades) over a student with whom the teaching assistant is having or has recently had a romantic or sexual relationship.

If such a relationship exists or has existed between a teaching assistant and a student over whom the teaching assistant has evaluative or supervisory authority, the teaching assistant must report the relationship to his or her department chair, dean, or Dean of The Graduate School.

Learn more about the special rules for teaching assistants and consensual relationships with students.

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