Student-Professor Dating

If you’re in college, you’re probably looked around and seen some people you’d be interested in getting to know, whether that be physically, romantically, or both. But what if you were to look around and spot a potential mate that isn’t a fellow student, but rather your Professor? Or a Professor’s Aid. Should you date this person?
Many schools have policies about faculty and student relations. There may be considered a Conflict of Interest, and the school might have laws stating that faculty and students cannot date at all. Or, perhaps a school is more lax, and allows this kind of dating.
If it’s considered ok by the school for a Professor and student to date, and they end up dating, I predict some problems that may occur.
The first thing that comes to mind is grading. For example, let’s say the professor and student are hot and heavy, then break up, and a couple weeks later the student receives a low grade on a test, report, or assignment. That student might be able to argue that the professor graded them not based on their work, but that they were graded from a feelings-based filter.
Or, the opposite could occur. What if the professor and student hit it off, and remain a couple, but the student is then graded extremely high? Perhaps a classmate might pick up on the relationship and argue favoritism if they don’t receive the same good score, no pun intended.
Either way, I think it’s not such a great idea. With so many choices out there, it makes more sense to me for students to date students, and faculty to date other adults.
I also think that a professor has a moral duty to his or her students, and should be more focused on teaching, than pursuing anything with them.
However, realistically speaking, sometimes you can’t help who you lust or even love.
If a student and professor really like each other, I suggest that they wait until the student is no longer in their class. This way, many problems can be avoided, and the dating and/ or potential relationship can begin with less stressors involved, then had it started in the middle of the semester.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest