Monday, February 9, 2015

Harvard formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergrads

The Washington Post
February 5th, 2015

Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences now formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergraduate students.
That’s not because they think there’s all kinds of professor-student dating on campus: The professor who led the panel that wrote the policy said she has never heard of it happening, in years of studying and teaching at Harvard. The new policy is there just to clarify that it would not be okay.
“We’re using this opportunity to reaffirm our priorities as teachers,” said Alison Johnson, a Harvard history professor, “and to imagine what we’re seeing when we’re looking at these students, and what we’re not seeing. We’re not seeing potential romantic partners. We are seeing students.”
A small but growing number of colleges, including Yale and the University of Connecticut, now have written policies banning such relationships, Bloomberg reported.

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