Across the country this week and next, college students are taking final exams. Quarters and semesters are coming to an end, and with that, a moment of decision for some with crushes on their professors. I know this well: each year around this time, my inbox fills up with queries from women and, much less often, men who want advice on whether they should ask out their instructors once the term is over. A few years ago, I started a series at my own blog looking at student crushes through a professor's perspective. I wrote as someone who'd been on the receiving end of those crushes, particularly when I was a much-younger faculty member in my late 20s. Students still get crushes on much older profs, though as far as I can tell in my case, the number began to drop precipitously as I neared 40 and drew close to the age of many of their fathers.
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Students Dating College Professors
While relationships between students and professors aren't unheard of, they can be a source for all kinds of problems. A professor is in a position of authority over a student, whether or not he or she is that student's teacher or supervisor, which makes any dating arrangement tricky at best. Ultimately, if the two are consenting adults there's no scenario where it's OK for a high school teacher to date a current student , there's not much anyone can do to prevent them from pursuing a romantic relationship. But expect there to be consequences. First things first: A student must be 18 years old to legally be able to consent to a relationship with an adult. Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship. Breaking those rules could jeopardize the professor's job and the student's status.
College and university dating
But what if you decide to date your college professor? Is dating a college professor forbidden even though you are an adult? Is it Allowed to Date your college Professor?
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