College professor and student dating
One of the greatest power inequalities is between tenured and non-tenured faculty.Such a power differentiation is supported by an array of universities from the elite research universities to the lower status teaching undergraduate colleges and universities.Within this environment, we will come to value the differences in one another along with the similarities, and to appreciate that the human condition is best served through understanding, acceptance, and mutual respect.The Diversity Action Plan (June 2000) also acknowledged the importance of the university environment when it listed as one of its six objectives creating “a supportive environment that is welcoming for all individuals” both in and outside of the classroom.In order to protect the female student from the predator/rapist professor they deny the very existence of female power in the context of sexuality.
And if the authoritarians have won or in Thomas Hanna’s perspective, the humanoids are in control, their will be few dissenters since the mass of the professoriate are in a state of fear, of being afraid that if they speak out that they will end up being one of the accused.
No wonder that at Ohio State the reception of the Working Group report was embraced and never directly criticized.
Once one understands that the core proponents of the movement to ban student professor sexual relationships see themselves as campaigning against rape and rapists, their self-righteousness and disdain for anyone introducing a civil liberties perspective becomes understandable.
This inequality of power inherent with “consensual” sexual relations between faculty, staff, and students jeopardizes the development of our ideal environment.
Of course, power inequalities are intrinsic to university life.