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Interactions between faculty, staff and students at Northern Michigan University are guided by professional ethics, trust, and mutual respect. Professional relationships have a power differential that may carry risks of conflict of interest, breach of trust and professional ethics, and abuse of power.
University employees (faculty, staff, and student supervisors) who are in a position of authority in such matters as supervising, evaluating, teaching a course and/or advising a student as part of a school program shall not engage in a Consensual Relationship with a student or subordinate. Should a Consensual Relationship develop while the university employee is in a position of authority, the supervisory authority must be transferred.
Last reviewed: 6/29/2018
For the purpose of this policy the following definitions apply:
Faculty shall not enter into a Consensual Relationship with students over whom they have authority. When a pre-existing consensual relationship exists conflicts of interest must be avoided. Avoidance includes but is not limited to: the student transferring to another course, section, seminar, etc. taught by a different faculty member; assigning or transferring the student to another academic advisor; the student dropping a course; or the department bringing in an alternative grader.
Supervisors shall not enter into a Consensual Relationship with subordinates over whom they have authority. When a pre-existing consensual relationship exists, conflicts of interest must be avoided. Supervisors shall neither initiate nor participate in decisions involving a direct benefit (initial appointment, retention, promotion, salary, leave of absence, etc.) for an individual with whom they have a Consensual Relationship.
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