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Emory establishes University Consensual Relationship Policy

Emory Report | Feb. 28, 2020

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Emory University has established the University Consensual Relationship policy to maintain the integrity of its academic programs; thereby creating an environment of work, teaching, living and learning that enables all persons to strive towards their highest potential. 

Highlights of the policy include the following:

  • The policy applies to ALL Emory faculty and staff.
  • The policy defines “consensual romantic or sexual relationship” as “a relationship of a romantic, dating, or sexual nature entered consensually or voluntarily by the individuals involved.”
  • The university prohibits consensual romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty and undergraduate students.
  • The university also prohibits consensual romantic and/or sexual relationships between students and staff members with academic supervisory, evaluative authority or instructional responsibilities and undergraduate students.
  • The university prohibits a faculty or staff member from engaging in any consensual romantic or sexual relationship with a graduate/professional student while the faculty or staff member has academic supervisory, evaluative or instructional responsibilities with respect to the graduate / professional student.
  • If a consensual romantic or sexual relationship develops, the faculty or staff member must report the relationship promptly upon the beginning of the relationship to the department chair or dean, or Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (in the case of faculty members) or the Human Resources Division (in the case of staff members) so that arrangements for alternative supervision, evaluation or instruction can be made.

View the full policy.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the Consensual Relationship Policy to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.