Dating, romantic, or sexual relationships between College faculty members and students, even if consensual, can negatively affect the educational environment for students.Power differentials, real or perceived, can diminish a student’s ability to give meaningful consent to such a relationship.I wrote: [P]rofessors [are] obligated to maintain a position of authority, objectivity and judgment as mentors and teachers of the whole student body, and [have] a duty to their schools not to allow their trustworthiness to be undermined by having intimate relationships among the same group that they [are] supposed to be supervising and advising.
Emerson College is committed to maintaining an environment where the education of students is of the greatest importance.
"That's the context in which Harvard University revised its sexual harassment policy and procedures," said Alison Frank Johnson, former chair of the committee that put forward Harvard's policy on the matter.
"It's an indication of how much sexual culture has changed.
My freshman American literature course presented me with many revelations, but one of the most indelible happened not inside the auditorium classroom where, twice a week, our professor stood onstage in front of more than a hundred 18-year-olds.
Instead, it came as I stepped into the women’s restroom afterward, just in time to overhear two of my fellow classmates rhapsodizing over how cute the professor was, with particular attention lavished on his long, slightly bowed, denim-clad legs.