I wrote: [P]rofessors [are] obligated to maintain a position of authority, objectivity and judgment as mentors and teachers of the whole student body, and [have] a duty to their schools not to allow their trustworthiness to be undermined by having intimate relationships among the same group that they [are] supposed to be supervising and advising.
Dating a student is a professional breach of trust, and one that adversely effects the integrity of the entire educational institution….
Professors who date students risk their jobs because a student body is not their sexual smorgasbord, and it is a breach of trust and duty to treat it like one.
I wouldn’t change a word, except that typo I just noticed, and just fixed in the original. These are the realities of authority, professionalism, leadership and power. (I know all the potential harms: grades, recommendations, etc., but do these happen often enough to make it worth another regulation?
Profs Blog asks the question regarding law professors and law students, but the question doesn’t change by narrowing the definition.
The question is really, and only, “Is it ethical for teachers to have romantic relationships with students?
” The answer is, has been, and forever shall be, “No.” The answer to an ethics question sometimes becomes obvious when it is apparent that every argument on one side is either a logical fallacy, an unethical rationalization, or the application of an invalid ethics principle.
Such is the case here, and thus I somewhat question the motives of the author of the post, Kelly Anders. Asking the question creates the illusion that there is a real controversy. I addressed this question a long time ago, in an early post here barely seen at the time but among the most frequently visited since.