We spoke with Craig Jolley, the Deputy Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity, who often deals with issues relating to discrimination and sexual harassment in the academic environment.“If the TA or professor does not have any actual power over the student’s opportunities (i.e.However, they can also be intimidating, married, and, let’s be honest, old. They walk the fine line between equal and superior.
However, romantic relationships in situations where one individual has greater power or authority over another frequently result in claims of harassment when the relationships ends and a perception of favoritism while the relationship continues. A “consensual” relationship between a professor and his/her student, a supervisor and a subordinate, or a coach and team player are examples of inappropriate relationships.If a consensual relationship occurs, any situation of authority must be discontinued and appropriate action may be taken.But it turns out that not all student/TA relationships are deemed inappropriate.grades, extracurricular involvement, employment, etc.), then a dating relationship would not violate university policy,” he said.However, when the situation does arise that a TA is dating his or her student while still teaching him or her, the relationship violates the university’s policy because the TA holds power over the student’s academic life.