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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 9 - General Provisions
Publication Date: October 31, 2002
Responsible Executive: President

9.04 Consensual Relationships

  1. It is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio that the following romantic or sexual relationships are prohibited:
    1. between a faculty member and a student who is enrolled in the faculty member's course or who is otherwise under the supervision of the faculty member, or

    2. between a supervisor and a person under his or her supervision.
  2. This policy is not intended to discourage the interaction of faculty and students, and supervisors and employees where it is appropriate and ethical; however, it is intended to clarify that romantic or sexual relationships often create situations that lead to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, conflicts of interest, favoritism, and low morale. Therefore, such relationships are prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.

  3. Complaints concerning consensual relationships by non-participating individuals will be treated as third-party sexual harassment or sexual misconduct complaints and investigated accordingly.

  4. Supervisors or Administrators who are aware of inappropriate relationships addressed above should take immediate action to resolve the problem or report the matter to the appropriate authority. Supervisors have a leadership responsibility to ensure that employees do not abrogate their positions of trust or responsibility and to enforce these policies when violations occur.