Consensual Relationship Policy

In their relationships with students, it is expected that faculty and staff members will conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism. An open, fair, and effective educational environment depends on the respect of all members of the community for the appropriate roles of those who work and learn together. Accordingly, faculty and staff members are prohibited from engaging in a consensual relationship (romantic or sexual) with a Berea College student. Alleged violations of this policy will be addressed in accordance with the Procedures for Reporting, Investigating, and Hearing Alleged Violations of Certain College Policies and may constitute grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. If it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred, the employee, by virtue of their professional responsibility, will be held accountable for their behavior.

In extraordinary situations, exceptions to this policy may be granted (ex. A recent graduate is hired as an employee of the College while already engaged in a relationship with a current student.) Exceptions will be considered and determined by the Dean of Faculty (for member of the faculty) or by the Associate Vice President for Human Resources (for staff).

Approved by the General Faculty Assembly in April 2018, and the Board of Trustees, July 2018.