Statement on Consensual Relations

The well-being of the learning and teaching community at Carleton College depends upon the existence of a relationship of trust, respect, and fairness between the faculty or staff and the students. Romantic and/or sexual relations, even if consensual, between faculty or staff members and their students (those whom they currently teach, advise, supervise, coach, or evaluate in any way) violate the integrity of the student/teacher or student/staff relationship as described above. Such relations are therefore prohibited by the College and constitute grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Because any romantic and/or sexual relationship between a faculty or staff member and a student has the potential to jeopardize the quality of the academic, living or working environment of the community, the College strongly discourages such relations. The College will therefore take appropriate disciplinary action (up to and including dismissal) should such a relationship be found to undermine the trust, respect, and fairness that are central to the success of Carleton’s educational mission.

Last Revised: June 20, 2002

Adopted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees June 20, 2002.

For: Staff, Students, Faculty

Last Reviewed: January 13, 2020

Maintained by: Human Resources