The degree of a students’ academic success should not be the result of, or affected by, influences attributable to a romantic or sexual relationship between an ASU faculty member and a student.
Such a relationship could generate serious conflicts of interest, may permanently compromise the academic and professional reputations of both parties involved, does not promote an atmosphere conducive to learning, and creates an unacceptable risk of real or perceived coercion or exploitation of students by faculty.
Here's the thing, I have a female student, almost 20, who seems to have quite friendly and a touch the flirty side (you know that impression when you see it).
She seems mature and responsible, despite the fact that many are not at 19 or 20. Now, It IS OUT of the question to even considering anything while shes still a student. Technically, you could have lunch with her after graduation, but I wouldn't do anything more with her until more time as gone by.
The scandal surrounding UGA professor Richard Suplita and his relationship with a teaching assistant has raised concerns not only about defining relationships between students and teachers but also the mishandling of this particular case.
Where a member of the academic staff or a teaching assistant and a student are in a close personal relationship such that there is, or may be perceived to be, a conflict of interest or possible favouritism, then the staff member or teaching assistant shall decline or terminate a supervisory or evaluative role with respect to that student, and, where necessary, make appropriate alternative arrangements for the supervision and evaluation of the student’s work. For the purposes of this chapter, a close personal relationship shall include spouses, parent and child, siblings, and consensual amorous relationships. The alternative arrangements for supervision and evaluation shall be made in confidence and shall not prejudice the status of the student, staff member or teaching assistant. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as condoning consensual amorous relationships between academic staff or teaching assistants and students.
One key metric by which ASU assesses itself is the academic success of its students.
Keeping this in mind, I was fully prepared when hearing about Richard Suplita’s case to voice a furious and acidic opinion on the sanctity of that bond. Suplita and the girl in question asked his supervisor if they could begin a relationship, and were given approval.
However, I instead found myself agreeing with Suplita’s decision to let his contract run out, not because of the harassment but the poor handling of the case itself. They even went Facebook official, a milestone in dating in the technology age.