The Ohio University Sexual Misconduct Policy expressly prohibits amorous relationships between a student and anyone having grading, advisory, or supervisory authority over that student. This means that as a graduate student you cannot pursue a romantic or intimate relationship with any student you teach, supervise or advise. It also means that a faculty member should not be pursuing you for amorous involvement when there is a teaching, supervisory, or advisory relationship. Either situation calls into question close social relationships that may be perceived as creating bias in favor of a student whom the graduate student teaches, supervises, or advises.
The reasons for the policy provision are:
If you choose to become involved with a faculty or staff member who has academic or supervisory relationship with you, you need to disclose this to your department chair or school director, so the power relationship can be addressed. If you feel you are being sexually harassed, contact your department chair or school director, as well as the Office for Institutional Equity.
The following tips are to protect you in your teaching, supervisory and advisory duties from any perception or accusation that you are acting unprofessionally.
For examples of harassing behavior, click here.
As a graduate student, you may receive complaints about harassment. Undergraduate students may feel more comfortable talking with you because you may be closer in age or "speak the same language." Any member of the University community who receives a complaint of sexual harassment from a student or other member of the University community is required to report the behavior to the Office for Institutional Equity. If the complaint is about a staff member at the Office for Institutional Equity, report it to the Office of Legal Affairs.
If you witness another member of Ohio University being sexually harassed, you should report the harassment to the Office for Institutional Equity. Ohio University's sexual harassment policy protects a third-party complainant from retaliation. Any member of the University community who has a question about his or her responsibilities under this policy should call the Office for Institutional Equity or the Office of Legal Affairs.