Graduate student dating professor
On Monday, ASU's University Senate, which represents the faculty, voted on a proposal that will be more restrictive than the current policy, which now prohibits faculty from dating students in their classes or students they supervise or evaluate.
The policy approved by the faculty senate will broaden the ban to include any students whom an instructor can "reasonably be expected" to have academic or employment authority over.
Her allegations are among a series involving faculty-student relationships in recent years at ASU, including two recent alleged incidents at Barrett, the Honors College.
Those incidents have led to an effort to strengthen the policies.
Go out with someone who is not a student, if you want to be a professor." Pitfalls of dating Dating between college professors and students is rife with downsides, said Billie Dziech, a university professor and author of the 1990 book The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus.
Young college students are away from home for the first time. They can be flattered when a professor takes an interest in them.
If the relationship goes bad, things can quickly sour.
The senate debated and asked questions for about 40 minutes before voting on the revision. The senate believes a ban on all faculty-student relationships would be too restrictive and difficult to enforce. But it does warn faculty that, "such relationships should therefore be avoided." ASU, in a statement, said the university's policies regarding faculty-staff relationships are "inadequate as written.
"We can't share exact data," she told faculty members. The story came a month after a blog posted by an advocacy group that was started by a former ASU student, Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, carried similar allegations.
In July, the group's founder, Jasmine Lester, filed a complaint with the U. Department of Education on behalf of herself and a group of current and former students, asking the agency to expand a federal investigation already underway into how the university handles complaints of sexual assault or harassment.
Kunzi's federal lawsuit was settled out of court with Pratt, shortly after she asked the court to dismiss the regents and another party.
The state paid Kunzi and her attorney ,000 last year, according to records.
Graduate students may have the most to lose, Dziech said, because they rely on recommendations from professors to land teaching or research jobs. He or she can face sexual-harassment complaints or even lawsuits over the alleged behavior if trying to continue the relationship after it ends.