An increasing number of companies and schools are instituting no-dating policies for these reasons. Posted by Kelly Anders on December 22, 2014 at PM in Current Affairs, Life of Law Schools, Teaching Law, Workplace Law | Permalink Professors should not date students.Schools, including law schools, should forbid this behavior, full stop.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.» Dating is a personal issue – unless it involves the workplace or the classroom.In several law schools where I have worked, there are professors or employees who are happily married to former students, whom they began to date while they were students.Perhaps schools turn a blind eye because law students are adults – in contrast to undergraduate students – and, in theory, they are thus freer to make decisions about whom to date, much like people who date co-workers.
If you're at an institution where there aren't official rules about dating, there are most likely some guidelines or unofficial community expectations. Is it OK to date a professor, so long as you're not in one of his or her classes?
Whether or not students are adults, in all of their interactions with professors -- the people who will be grading them and responsible, in non-trivial ways, for their professional life course -- it should be crystal clear to all involved what is on the table and what is not.
I don't think this is a close question, even as I acknowledge that it happens not infrequently, including among people I know and respect.
I’ve hooked up with two, both married, but the first one told me he and his wife had an open marriage.
He was a visiting prof from California and was the kind of guy who played guitar in class, while his wife had remained in Cali.