It also includes graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows and associates only when they are serving as part-time acting instructors, teaching fellows or in similar institutional roles, with respect to the students they are currently teaching or supervising.“Students” refers to those enrolled in any and all educational and training programs of the University.The fact that the question can be asked shows that the situation should not occur where it can be asked.Students, all students, must be off-limits as romantic partners for professors and administrators in universities, regardless of what rules are in place.Might the professor’s best friends on the faculty be more generous when grading their friend’s significant other if he or she is one of their students?
Mainly he endorses Rationalization #23, Woody’s Excuse: Yes, it’s true that teachers really hate the fact that its wrong to hit on that hot student, and students really would like the chance to try to seduce that cute teacher.
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.
Dating a student is a professional breach of trust, and one that adversely effects the integrity of the entire educational institution….
” The answer is, has been, and forever shall be, “No.” The answer to an ethics question sometimes becomes obvious when it is apparent that every argument on one side is either a logical fallacy, an unethical rationalization, or the application of an invalid ethics principle.
Such is the case here, and thus I somewhat question the motives of the author of the post, Kelly Anders. Asking the question creates the illusion that there is a real controversy. I addressed this question a long time ago, in an early post here barely seen at the time but among the most frequently visited since.