Faculty dating policy
Binion, who helped draft the policy, said that while she believes most faculty members already recognize such standards of behavior, it was important for the university to take a clear stand."The very integrity of the university's academic mission is dependent on the accountability of the faculty member as a mentor, educator and evaluator," she said. But six campuses, including Berkeley, have conflict-of-interest guidelines urging professors to recuse themselves from overseeing students with whom they are romantically involved.
The woman said that, when she was a student, John P.
Dwyer fondled her after she passed out following a night of heavy drinking. Regent Judith Hopkinson, who pushed for the policy change, said work on the proposal began in 2001 but gained momentum after the widely publicized episode.
Relationships between faculty and students are particularly susceptible to exploitation.
The respect and trust accorded a member of the faculty by a student, as well as the power exercised by faculty in giving grades, approvals or recommendations for future study and employment, make voluntary consent by the student suspect.
For purposes of this policy, “related persons” includes: · Husband/Wife · Domestic Partner · Parent/Child · Brother/Sister · Grandparent/Grandchild · Aunt/Uncle and Niece/Nephew · First Cousins · Guardian/Ward · Anyone living in the same household or whose relationship is so closely identified with another as to suggest a conflict, or · Ex-, Step-, Half-, and In-Law relationships as appropriate based on the above list.