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The dean replied, basically, that the Galbraiths had nothing to worry about because they had met and married back when "amour -- instructional and noninstructional -- was in fashion." So the relationships were "always wrong" except, well, in the 1930s, when they apparently weren’t at all wrong.
A 1997 paper by Barry Dank and Joseph Fulda indicates that: Starting in the 1980's, a feminist literature emerged calling for the banning of intimate, organizationally based, asymmetrical relationships and the subsumption of such relationships under the rubric of sexual harassment.
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In several law schools where I have worked, there are professors or employees who are happily married to former students, whom they began to date while they were students.
But not everyone is on board with this trend of prohibiting professor-student sex. [t]eacher-student chemistry is what sparks much of the best work that goes on at universities, today as always. It ensures that the work in the classroom is charged, ambitious, and vigorous. For the university campus on which the erotic impulse between teachers and students is criminalized is the campus on which the pedagogical enterprise is deflated.
In most cases, it would be counterproductive for it to emerge, itself, into the limelight. It is the campus on which pedagogy is gutted and gored. (A year ago Columbia Law School's Philip Bobbitt, a man in his 60s, married Maya Ondalikoglu, who had been a student in one of his classes.
This, unfortunately, is the scenario that confronts us today.students can give true consent for such relations” and that bans on sexual relationships between faculty and students “will harm the very women they seek to protect,” largely because it treats the female students potentially involved in such relationships as manipulated children, rather than free and capable adults—the sex prohibitionists seem to have largely won this battle. Ondalikoglu withdrew from the class when the relationship started and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan married the couple after Ondalikoglu graduated from law school.) But even many professors are now on board with the new rules.
But what about unwanted attention or a perceived inability to say no?
Whether or not students are adults, in all of their interactions with professors -- the people who will be grading them and responsible, in non-trivial ways, for their professional life course -- it should be crystal clear to all involved what is on the table and what is not.
I don't think this is a close question, even as I acknowledge that it happens not infrequently, including among people I know and respect.
Posted by: JG | Dec 22, 2014 PM Yes, we'll just pass rules and regulations to cover all aspects of adult sexual relationships in law schools. And if the unthinkable should happen and they are violated?
Well, we'll hold hearings and ensure that these sex criminals are punished for the temerity to have illicit orgasms about which we can only express the sternest disapproval.