Professor dating a graduate student

No professor has been dismissed, although a few were disciplined with warning letters that are considered confidential personnel matters, he said. But Oiyan Poon, president of UC’s systemwide student association, supports the regulations, explaining that a teacher in the same department could harm a student’s career even if they never shared a class.

Without the rules, “those issues could get extremely sticky when a student is trying to earn a degree in a timely fashion,” she said. of University Professors adopted a statement that calls sexual relations between students and faculty who supervise them “fraught with the potential for exploitation.” Anita Levy, its associate secretary for academic freedom and tenure issues, said Abramson’s arguments might find some support on campuses, but she doubted any rule changes nationwide would occur.

However the road to change will probably be a very long one.

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Abramson also does not fall into the stereotype of equating student-prof relationships as composed of an older male and younger childlike female.

He recognizes that many of these relationships represent partners who are similar in age.

He points out that he has not had a romance with anyone at UCLA for 20 years, although he said he had serious relationships with two former undergraduate students nearly 30 years ago.

One was 13 years his senior, and the other, whom he eventually married, was five years his junior.

Such relationships are “not terribly uncommon at the graduate student level,” but probably less frequent and more “under the radar” now than during the free-wheeling ’70s and early ’80s, she said.

Still, the rule “not only makes parents more secure when they send their kids to UC, it puts the faculty on notice,” Binion said.

Abramson says he is trying to light a torch for liberty.

Abramson is sharply criticizing his own employer and colleges nationwide that have adopted restrictions — and, in a few cases, outright bans — on romances between faculty and students.

On the other hand, maybe they knew what I find hard to accept on a gut level- that academic freedom is an ideal that in the real world of academia is all too often not applied when it comes to a professor who is too controversial, too outspoken.

Following are excepts from the LA Times article- In the volatile mix of academia and sex, UCLA psychology professor Paul R.

He met them in his classes but did not date them until later, he said.

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