The structure of the collegiate University is such that staff and students will often come into contact both in their faculty or department and within their college and this can lead to the development between them of a close personal or intimate relationship.
These relationships can develop, for instance, between students and staff involved in lecturing or conducting tutorials, supervising their research, administering awards, or providing personal and welfare support. Such relationships raise issues, relating to inequalities of power in a relationship, or perceived favouritism, or the undermining of trust in the academic process.
In the event of a close personal or intimate relationship developing with a student, for whom a staff member has any responsibility, the University requires that this is brought to the attention of the member of staff’s Head of Department in order that action can be taken to remove any responsibility the member of staff has for the student and mitigate any unintended consequences.
Staff–student relationships policy
The policy generally relates to members of academic and academic-related staff who have any responsibility for a student with whom they are having or have had a relationship.