Other students will question whether the grading system is fair.Other professors will question whether your significant other really deserves whatever praise they have received. So, even if both of you are incredibly mature and are able to mitigate the troubles of a serious power imbalance, the relationship will still be problematic from an academic standpoint.This could apply to entire departments or schools within the university.The University Senate, which represents faculty, approved the revision 76-11 with four abstaining.Professors can also sometimes date graduate students---actually, if I recall correctly, the head of my department is currently dating a former graduate student. Arizona State University faculty voted Monday to toughen a policy on dating between faculty and students.Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship.If that's the case at your institution, know that the answer to your dating question lies in the faculty and/or student handbook.
If you're at an institution where there aren't official rules about dating, there are most likely some guidelines or unofficial community expectations. Is it OK to date a professor, so long as you're not in one of his or her classes?Faculty members currently are prohibited from dating students in their classes or students they supervise or evaluate.The revision will broaden that ban to include students whom an instructor can "reasonably be expected" to have academic or employment authority over. Are they two consenting adults in love, or is it sexual harassment and exploitation?A more stringent regulation, which would have banned romance between all professors and undergraduates, was voted down.