Whenever a teacher is or in the future might reasonably become responsible for teaching, advising, or directly supervising a student, a sexual relationship between them is inappropriate and must be avoided.In addition to creating the potential for coercion, any such relationship jeopardizes the integrity of the educational process by creating a conflict of interest and may impair the learning environment for other students.Be aware that even if you're not breaking any rules, your relationship could cause problems.Even if the professor isn't the student's professor when the relationship starts, problems could arise if the student ends up in the professor's class later on.Megan Batykefer, 31, who coached at North Allegheny Senior High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wexford is shown in this booking photo provided by Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 13, 2015. (Reuters) - A high school rowing coach was found guilty on Thursday of sexual assault for her consensual relationship with an 18-year-old pupil under a Pennsylvania law prohibiting sex between teachers and students of any age.Megan Batykefer, 31, who coached at North Allegheny Senior High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wexford, could face up to seven years behind bars at her sentencing on Nov.The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion.
The age of consent for sex is 16 in Pennsylvania, but a 2012 law allows felony charges of institutional sexual assault to be filed against teachers who have sex with students of any age.
But administrators, professors and students alike say that the issue of faculty-student dating is a complex one.
Some say that the unequal power in a relationship between a student and a faculty member -- particularly one who is in a position to grade or make recommendations about the student he or she is dating -- is inherently exploitative.
As a member of the faculty and through their influence with other faculty (who may teach the student), the professor holds power over the student.
Many schools look down on professor/student dating because of these reasons.