Consensual Relationships

Because of the unique environment of a college campus and the special relationships between students and faculty members, in particular, with the faculty member serving as educator, counselor, and evaluator, and the possibility of abuse of this relationship or the appearance of abuse, the College views it as unacceptable for faculty members to engage in amorous relations with students enrolled in their classes or subject to their supervision, even when both parties appear to have consented to the relationship. In keeping with this philosophy of the College, if charges of sexual harassment are made against a faculty member, it shall not be a defense to allege that the relationship was consensual. Such relations may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the faculty member. This policy applies also to amorous relationships between students and members of the administration and staff where those administrators and staff have supervisory responsibility for the student.