Student Handbook – Sexual Harassment Policy – Consensual Relationships

August 28, 2013

Consensual Relationships

Although consensual relationships between persons of different power levels (i.e., between a faculty member and a student, or between a supervisor and an employee) do not constitute sexual harassment, they raise serious concerns and may lead to difficulties. Such relationships may give rise to claims of sexual harassment in one or more of the following cases:


2. A consensual relationship creates a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work or learning environment for third parties; or,
3. A consensual relationship ends, but one of the parties continues to pursue the relationship after being notified repeatedly that such conduct is no longer welcome. According to legal precedent, mutual consent may not be an adequate or acceptable defense against a charge of sexual harassment.