Monday, November 06, 2006
My first dean communicated very clearly that this was a no-no. Mrs. S was a student when I first met her, but since she was graduating the following month and would never have a class from me (and never had), we didn't worry about this. Now one must wonder if, had the rule gone into effect, I would have had to disclose.
Professional ethics should take hold here: If you can't keep your professional and personal lives separate, a disclosure rule is unlikely to do much for you. This is more about CYA at MnSCU than anything else. In general, a romantic relationship borne out of the teacher-student relationship strikes me as troublesome, since the latter has some power and mentoring aspects that get in the way of romance. At least in my opinion, it's a bad idea.