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Policy on Dual Relationships

A dual relationship is one in which the faculty/staff member/contracted vendor has both a professional and a romantic or sexual relationship with a student. (A “contracted vendor” could include: drivers, interpreters, guides, host family members, guards, etc.) This includes relationships which appear to be mutually consensual.

However, the inherent inequality of power between student and faculty/staff/vendor creates an unacceptable conflict of interest in a supervisory, educational or advisory context. For this reason, dual relationships between faculty/staff/vendors and students who participate in the same program are specifically prohibited. If a relationship nonetheless develops, the faculty/staff member/vendor is expected to remove him/herself from supervisory or advisory responsibility for that student and alert his/her supervisor or face disciplinary action.