Dating students after graduation
That apprenticeship process may include travel, social activities, and glimpses into each other’s personal lives.
And yet, despite this closeness and sharing, the teacher does remain a teacher and the student a student.
Feelings of admiration and respect may become intense and personal.
When those feelings do occur, what do we do with them?
On one hand, some felt that any mutually consenting activity is acceptable.
Others felt that even consensual relationships are, at the least, unwise, as they confuse boundaries, threaten objectivity, and because there is no way to predict a “successful” relationship.
Part of a mentor’s role is to acquaint the student, not only with the specialized field that is shared, but also with the other leaders in the field and with the ways of professional and academic life. This article has been reproduced with permission from The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 19, p. Copyright © 1993 Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Increasing concern about therapist-patient sex has led to a consideration of boundaries in all trust-based relationships, which always include elements of power and dependency. D is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Assistant Dean for Student and Minority Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Plaut is also the Editor of the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy (1996-2001) and is the Former Chair of the Maryland Task Force to Study Health Professional-Client Sexual Exploitation.Over 95 percent of all the respondents considered such relationships to be ethically inappropriate, coercive or exploitive, or potentially harmful to the working relationship.In a study of 235 male faculty members from all departments of “a prestigious research-oriented university,” Fitzgerald et al.10 found that 26 percent reported sexual involvement with women students.