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Intimate Relationships with Graduate Students

Sexual harassment and/or an amorous relationship between a member of the profession and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility should be avoided. This applies to all supervisor relationships between professors and graduate assistants, graduate students or undergraduate students as well as relationships between graduate assistants and the students they teach or supervise.

Implicit in the idea of professionalism is the recognition by those in positions of authority that in their relationships with their students there is always an element of power. It is incumbent upon members of the profession to neither abuse nor seem to abuse the power with which they are entrusted. Relationships between members of the profession and their students are quite imbalanced. Such relationships may have the effect of undermining the atmosphere of trust among students and faculty on which the educational process depends.