College faculty dating students

Last year, philosopher Neil Mc Arthur (Manitoba) published an article, “piece).Mc Arthur acknowledges that “romances between faculty and students are minefields, both emotionally and ethically, and they should be approached with the utmost care and trepidation.” However, “such matters are far too complex for the blunt tool provided by outright prohibitions, and that such prohibitions cannot be justified” (p.138).But it was not easy to make clear sense of the charge.

students believed that they entered into them freely—their relationships were, at least in their own minds, consensual.’ We must consider, too, that it is by no means always the professor who initiates romantic contact.Now in this latter case the student Honderich admits harassing is one he has institutional authority over.Can we at least agree that professors have very strong reasons not to attempt relationships with their own students?Many universities now have policies that prohibit such relationships (or, in cases in which the lines of institutional authority are less clear, policies that require disclosure of the relationship to the relevant administrators).On the other side of the debate over blanket bans are the goods of romantic or sexual relationships and sexual liberty.

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