Start Dating a graduate student

Dating a graduate student

They included contextual prohibitions, she said; “Professors can’t have sex with graduate students if they are teaching or supervising or evaluating them in some way. It just made sense.” “Nobody said, ‘You’re treating me like a child, trampling on my civil rights, I’ll have sex with whomever I please.’ That would be the only argument against it – that it’s paternalistic,” Johnson said.

The rule about professors and undergrads is the only blanket ban.

The new policy doesn’t ban sexual and romantic relationships between all people who teach and all people who are students.

Even if you do make it as a couple, finding two jobs in the same division may be particularly difficult, especially given the current economic climate.

Under a settlement with the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights, Harvard University and its law school promised to revise sexual harassment and assault policies to ensure a safe campus.

Because sexual harassment so often comes down to power dynamics, Johnson said, they wanted to be very clear in a case where those are as stark as an undergraduate’s interactions with a faculty member. When Johnson went to familiarize herself with the existing rules, because Harvard is such a decentralized place, she said she had to look in about 11 different places.

They want to be sure the school isn’t making it more difficult for people concerned about sexual harassment to address the problem.

“In their relationships with students, members of the faculty are expected to be aware of their professional responsibilities and to avoid apparent or actual conflict of interest, favoritism, or bias.