CONSENTUAL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
In the interest of maintaining high standards of professional conduct, and of avoiding behavior that could interfere or could easily be construed to interfere with the discharge of an employee’s professional responsibilities, Wittenberg University does not condone intimate sexual relationships between a university employee and a student or between a supervisor and a subordinate. This policy applies even when the parties have consented at the outset to enter into the relationship. This policy applies to an employee and a student even when no apparent professional relationship exists at the time, because the potential always exists for the involved employee to be placed unexpectedly into a position of responsibility concerning the student (e.g., instruction, evaluation, counseling, advising).
The university employee found to be involved with the student or the supervisor found to be involved with the subordinate, in violation of this policy, will be held accountable and may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal, in a manner consistent with other university policies. Because by law faculty members are employees of Wittenberg University, they are included in all portions of this policy. They remain subject to the obligations of their adopted Statement or Professional Ethics.
Exclusions and Clarifications:
NOTE: The Professional Code of Conduct for staff in Student Development prohibits its members from dating students in any circumstances.
(Adopted April 14, 1998 - Faculty Meeting, Amended Cabinet Meeting, June, 1999)