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"While it isn't specifically addressed in our regulations, I do think that we would find a faculty-student relationship ruled out tacitly by our other policies, particularly with respect to sexual harassment and notions of professional conduct," he said.
A Gray Area Representatives from the State University of New York at Purchase, Marymount College, Sarah Lawrence College, Pace University, Westchester Community College, Iona College and Mercy College also said that such relationships were discouraged by the administration though not specifically addressed in college policies.
By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments.A romantic and/or sexual relationship between a TA and his/her student creates a conflict of interest, as the TA is supposed to evaluate the academic performance of the student, and his/her impartiality may be called into question.As a result of the power differential (the situation in which one member of the relationship is in a position of authority over the other), the relationship may not truly be consensual. Parents may joke that it’s an experience they want their child to have -- just not until somewhere around the age of 30. A 6th grade girl may say, "Jacob is my boyfriend," but what does that mean?Seriously, though, when is your child ready to date? "At this age, kids use dating labels but aren’t ready to have much direct one-on-one interaction beyond maybe sitting together at lunch or recess," says Dale Atkins, Ph D, a family therapist in New York.
Teaching assistants may appear to some undergraduate students to inhabit an ambiguous niche in the university organizational hierarchy.