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Because sexual harassment so often comes down to power dynamics, Johnson said, they wanted to be very clear in a case where those are as stark as an undergraduate’s interactions with a faculty member. When Johnson went to familiarize herself with the existing rules, because Harvard is such a decentralized place, she said she had to look in about 11 different places.
They want to be sure the school isn’t making it more difficult for people concerned about sexual harassment to address the problem.
Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences now formally bans sexual relationships between professors and undergraduate students.
That’s not because they think there’s all kinds of professor-student dating on campus: The professor who led the panel that wrote the policy said she has never heard of it happening, in years of studying and teaching at Harvard.
Different to normal careers fairs, the event has students in small groups moving around a room to meet with representatives from various industries in a speed dating fashion, enabling both companies and students to see a number of people in a short period of time.The changes also limit relationships between employees and graduate students with whom the employees have some teaching, supervisory, research, departmental, program or advisory connection.“These changes are the result of a lot of hard work and excellent collaboration between many members of our campus community, particularly University senators,” says La Vonda Reed, associate provost for faculty affairs and professor of law.“Our top priority must always be the safety and well-being of our students,” says Johnson-Willis.“This is an important step to ensuring a safe, welcoming and empowering learning environment that supports their success in the classroom and in their overall University experience.” These policy changes are not meant to apply to spouses or domestic partners.