Professors dating undergrads
A companion policy applying to staff will be updated at the same time.
The report states that the recommendations recognize the structural asymmetry of the faculty-student relationship and meet the goal of creating a safe and equitable environment for independent learning and academic growth.
The provosts and the U-M executive officers — including President Mark Schlissel — have now accepted the recommendations of the working group.
In its executive summary, the working group noted it “relied on principles and values embodied in our Faculty Handbook and historic statements by our Senate Assembly, expressed by our peer institutions and other leaders in the field, and inherent in the collective responsibility that the faculty have to the student experience as members and representatives of the university community.” The revisions to SPG 601.22 are expected to be finalized and announced in February.
If you're at an institution where there aren't official rules about dating, there are most likely some guidelines or unofficial community expectations. Is it OK to date a professor, so long as you're not in one of his or her classes?
Be aware that even if you're not breaking any rules, your relationship, and how it's perceived could cause problems.
Faculty will be explicitly prohibited from having any romantic, sexual or amorous relationships with undergraduate students under the new policy that will take effect in early 2019.
“This is a clear, cogent, concise report that has as its mainstay our collective values and shared principles as a university community,” said Martin Philbert, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
“I would like to thank the working group for being timely, responsive and thorough in addressing these sensitive issues.
• Participation in a third campus climate survey on sexual misconduct experiences and perceptions among students.
The working group was charged by the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint provosts with the following objectives: • Review the current state of the faculty-student relationship policies at peer institutions.