The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 6th, 2014
While a faculty member’s primary roles may be teaching and research,
it isn’t unusual for students to use professors as a sounding board for
personal problems, even serious ones like rape. New rules on many
campuses, however, now mean that if students confide in faculty members
about a sexual assault, the professors are required to report the
information to college officials.
That change in the way campuses are interpreting faculty
responsibilities under the gender-equity law known as Title IX makes
some professors uneasy. They say they are often on the front lines when
it comes to students' venting about both their academic struggles and
their private lives. In some cases, students even write about deeply
personal issues as part of course assignments.