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Consensual Relationship Policy

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Background Summary 

The university updated its consensual relationship policy in the spring of 2017.

This policy addresses romantic relationships and/or sexual interactions that, although consensual, may create actual and perceived conflicts of interests, and create the possibility for exploitation or favoritism.

The current policy prohibits consensual relationships between:

  • Employees (including faculty) or University affiliates (“affiliates”) and undergraduate students;
  • Employees (including faculty) or affiliates and any graduate student whom that individual teaches, manages, supervises, advises, or evaluates in any way;
  • Intercollegiate Athletics coaches, affiliates, or athletics employees and student-athletes;
  • Student employees and any student whom that student employee teaches, manages, supervises, advises, or evaluates in any way; and
  • Employees (including faculty) and/or affiliates where one teaches, manages, supervises, advises, or evaluates the other in any way, unless the person in the position of greater authority or power notifies appropriate University offices and a mitigation plan (as defined below) is in place

Related Policies

Handbook of Operating Procedures 3-3050

FAQ on the updated policy (January 2017)


Office for Inclusion and Equity

Title IX Office

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