Yale students and faculty are now officially prohibited from pursuing, ahem, extracurricular activities with one another.
According to the Yale Alumni Magazine, Deputy Provost Charles Long has been trying to enforce the ban for 27 years.
In his decades at Yale, Long has seen many faculty-student romances. Most turn out fine, he says, but others are destructive to students. "I think we have a responsibility to protect students from behavior that is damaging to them and to the objectives for their being here."
Previously, the university had prohibited such relationships only when the faculty member had "direct pedagogical or supervisory responsibilities" over the student. That remains the rule for affairs between faculty and graduate or professional students, and between grad students and undergrads.
Long told the magazine that many Yale faculty were surprised a ban was not already in effect.
What do you think? Is the rule too excessive? Or just right?
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