Human Resources

Consenting Relationships

Consensual romantic and sexual relationships between staff and students or between supervisors and staff members are strongly discouraged, and cause special concerns with respect to the existence or appearance of exploitation, abuse of position, or favoritism. All employees should understand that there are substantial risks in even an apparently consenting relationship where a power/authority difference exists. These relationships can and often do lead to charges of sexual harassment, or violation of our nepotism policy. Administrators and supervisors, who by virtue of their level of responsibility and authority, bear a special burden of accountability. The University reserves the right to make employment changes if romantic relationships develop between employees and/or students that appear problematic.