Relationships between individuals in inherently unequal
positions may undermine the real or perceived integrity of the
supervision and evaluation process, as well as affect the trust
inherent in the educational environment. It is the policy of
St. John’s University that respect for the individual in the
University community requires that amorous or sexual relationships
not be conducted by persons in unequal positions.
The University considers it inappropriate for any member of the
faculty, administration, or staff to establish an intimate
relationship with a student, subordinate, or colleague upon whose
academic or work performance he or she will be required to make
professional judgements. The University considers it a
violation of this policy for any member of the faculty,
administration, or staff to offer or request sexual favors, make
sexual advances, or engage in sexual conduct, consensual or
otherwise, with a person who is:
- Enrolled in a class taught by the faculty member or
- Receiving academic advising or mentoring from the faculty
member or administrator;
- Working for the faculty member, administrator or staff;
- Subject to any form of evaluation by the faculty member,
administrator or staff.
Please note that the list above is not exhaustive and other
situations of fraternization may also result in a violation of this
policy. In all such circumstances, consent may not be considered a
defense against a charge of sexual harassment in any proceeding
conducted under this policy. The determination of what
constitutes sexual harassment depends on the specific facts and the
context within which the conduct occurs.
Teaching and research fellows, doctoral and graduate assistants,
tutors, interns, and any other students who perform work-related
functions for the University are also subject to this policy.