Relationships between teachers and students in high school raised many concerns for students, parents, and faculty alike. All my “Pretty Little Liars” fans know what I’m saying. However, in college, the realness of the adult world comes upon every-one.
As a freshman, I can say with confidence that the shock (both positive and negative) of college is real. Something I don’t have familiarity with however, is an on-campus relationship (ladies, you know what to do). As students who just a mere few months ago had to raise their hand to go to the bathroom, are now responsible for them-selves and their education. With this newfound independence, students will have the opportunity to meet new people and of course, begin new relationships.
Sure, having a cool professor is nice. Being able to go into their office or send them an email for some help on homework or an upcoming exam is never a bad idea. Forming good relation-ships with professors is important. However, there is a fine line between friendly and flirty.
The controversy between student-teacher relationships is thick and often stirs up lively debate. Should students be able to have relationships with their superiors? Whether they are a graduate or undergraduate student, the bottom line is that staying away from these types of relationships is probably for the best.
By the time a student enters college, they are (usually) past the legal age of consent in their state and considered an adult who can make their own choices. Therefore, at this point in our lives, we legally could date a teacher. However, the backlash of all of the cons far outweigh the pros.
In the case of a professor having a romantic relationship with an undergraduate student, both parties are putting them-selves in danger of things not ending well and potential disciplinary actions would be taken against the professor or the student.
With the situation of a graduate student in a romantic relationship with a professor, it could be taken as an employee-boss relationship if the student was a TA. As a TA, the student could lose their position as well as the professor overseeing them. Not great ideas.
So if you ever think about the possibility of becoming more than a student-teacher relationship with your professor or student, maybe it’s best to just wait until you or they graduate.