May 13th, 2015
At San Diego State University, where investigations found that a professor had sexually harassed three women, consensual relationships between faculty members and students are out of bounds if students are enrolled in their courses or under their supervision.
But some schools have gone further by forbidding sexual or romantic relationships between teachers and all undergraduate students — Stanford, Harvard and Yale universities, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the University of Connecticut among them.
Stanford University, in its administrative guide, notes that the ban applies regardless of a professor’s academic or supervisory position “because of the relative youth of undergraduates and their particular vulnerability in such relationships.”
San Diego State University's policy on faculty’s professional responsibilities says that professors and other academic professionals shall “not engage in sexual relationships with students currently enrolled in their courses or under their supervision.” A violation not handled within an academic department should be taken up at the institutional level, the policy states.