Employee-Student Relationships

No employee shall enter into or continue a romantic or sexual relationship with a student or employee over whom she or he exercises academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling or other authority or influence. If a romantic or sexual relationship should develop under such restricted circumstances, and/or if such a relationship should develop and an employee is uncertain if these restrictions apply, it is the employee’s responsibility to immediately notify his/her supervisor or dean in order to make arrangements for removing or otherwise addressing any authority differential. It is ultimately the employee’s responsibility to make such alternative arrangements that meet the supervisor’s and Human Resource Department’s approval. If no such arrangements can be made, then either the employee’s relationship or employment status must cease.