College student dating a teacher

If the person wasn't a teacher that would be allowed but why isn't it allowed if they are one?

Hi there Thanks for your message, and although this is a complicated area, it is a really good question to ask.

The integrity of the teacher-student relationship is the foundation of the University’s educational mission.

If a teacher or someone in a position of trust does cross these boundaries, with one person under the age of 18, it might mean they are willing to with other young people too, so that means that they may be using their position of trust to harm other people.

Here at Child Line, we take this law very seriously, and for that reason, if a child or young person tells us something like this is happening between someone under 18 and a person in a position of trust, it is one of the 3 things we cant keep confidential, due to the laws that mean we must keep all children and young people safe.

You can find out a bit more about this by reading this article from thesite, which explains a bit about the law and gives a link to the government website for further information about the specific law that would be broken, The Sexual Offenses Act 2003 and The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000.

A relationship where there is an imbalance of power and responsibility will usually conflict with the care that is being provided and therefore means that the person might not be doing their job in the way they should, which might leave the person vulnerable or at risk, particularly if problems arise in the relationship.

Violations of the above policies by a teacher will normally lead to disciplinary action.

For purposes of this policy, “direct supervision” includes the following activities (on or off campus): course teaching, examining, grading, advising for a formal project such as a thesis or research, supervising required research or other academic activities, serving in such a capacity as Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, and recommending in an institutional capacity for admissions, employment, fellowships or awards.

Someone in a position of trust is classed as a teacher or someone whose job it is to look after you, so if you were in hospital, or in residential care, the people looking after you would also be breaking the law if they were to have a sexual relationship with you.

This means that any sexual activity with someone under 18 is actually illegal, which includes any intimate touching, even kissing, as well as all sexual intercourse between both males and females.

Finally, such situations may expose the University and the teacher to liability for violation of laws against sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Therefore, teachers (see below) must avoid sexual relationships with students over whom they have or might reasonably expect to have direct pedagogical or supervisory responsibilities, regardless of whether the relationship is consensual. Undergraduate students are particularly vulnerable to the unequal institutional power inherent in the teacher-student relationship and the potential for coercion, because of their age and relative lack of maturity.

At first, having a secret affair might seem thrilling and romantic, but the first time you have to do something special without your professor or seem him or her with someone else, it will get really hard.

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