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New University of Michigan policy would ban faculty from romantic relationships with undergrads

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 10:56:13-05

The University of Michigan is creating a new policy that would ban faculty members from having romantic or sexual relationships with undergraduate students across all three campuses, according to the University Record.

The new policy will take effect in early 2019.

Additionally, faculty will be prohibited from having romantic or sexual relationships with any graduate or professional student in the same discipline or academic program as the faculty member, or over whom the faculty member had, has or might be expected to have "academic or supervisory authority" through instruction, supervision, evaluation or grading.

Graduate student instructors and postdoctoral fellows will also be banned from having romantic or sexual relationships with any students, undergraduate or graduate, in the classes the GSI is teaching or grading, or over whom the GSI has any authority.

The current policy requires faculty members to disclose certain romantic relationships with students but does not categorically prohibit them.

The changes in the policy come from recommendations from a working group that comprises faculty members on all three campuses.