Professor and student dating
Because hookup culture has become so dominant on college campuses, Cronin says, going on a date has become “a weirdly countercultural thing to do.” Cronin still gives a version of this assignment, which used to be mandatory but is now just for extra credit.On campus she’s become known as the “dating professor,” but you don’t need to be a Boston College student to reap her wisdom: There are numerous You Tube videos of her preaching her relationship gospel, and a documentary about the campus phenomenon she’s created is showing in select theaters on Tuesday.During interviews, former adjunct professor Randy Bowman and a 2017 CCM graduate both told UC investigators they knew of at least six students who had a sexual relationship with Garner, who’s married.They both described those relationships as "an abuse of power." However, Bowman said he never reported the behavior because he thought the relationships were consensual. Professor/student romances should never happen because of the power dynamic, Stevens said.
"For every time there is a positive result, there are 20 bad endings," he said.Consensual relationships don't violate the rules at many universities, including UC, but some music professionals and experts consider them unethical.“If you’re the teacher thinking about pursuing a relationship with a student, 10 times out of 10 times the answer should be no, don’t do it,” said Leah Stevens, a faculty member at the American Music Institute and People’s Music School in Chicago."The days of reckoning are arriving for these types of behaviors," said Daniel Prywes, a Washington-based lawyer who specializes in academic human resource issues."But on the other hand, under no circumstances can consenting adults be absolutely prohibited from having a romantic relationship." Students are adults, and professors – especially at a public school – may claim a ban is a violation of their civil rights, he said.
Regulating such romances is complicated for colleges.