ARE THERE ANY PROHIBITED AMOROUS RELATIONSHIPS AMONG UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY MEMBERS?

Certain amorous relationships between University System of Georgia employees and students are prohibited

The University System of Georgia Board of Regent's General Policy 8.2.23, effective November 13, 2013, prohibits University faculty and staff, including graduate teaching assistants, from engaging in a dating or sexual relationship with any student who the faculty or staff member supervises, teaches or evaluates in any way.  

This means, for example, that a professor may not date a student while that student is in the professor’s class.  However, once the student is no longer in the professor’s class, the relationship is no longer prohibited (unless the professor exercises some other authority over the student, such as, for instance, serving as the student’s thesis advisor).

The prohibition concerning relationships with students applies in the University-related employment context as well as the academic context.  Thus, University faculty or staff (including graduate teaching assistants) cannot engage in a dating or sexual relationship with a student employed by the University -- whether paid, volunteer or receiving course credit --  who the faculty or staff member supervises or evaluates in any way.  

University faculty or staff members who engage in a dating or sexual relationship with a student who they supervise, teach or evaluate in any way are subject to disciplinary action commensurate with the offense, up to and including termination.

Certain relationships between two University System of Georgia employees are prohibited

The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regent's General Policy 8.2.23, effective November 13, 2013, prohibits a USG employee from engaging in a dating or sexual relationship  with any other USG employee if either employee supervises, evaluates, or in any other way directly affects the terms or conditions of the other’s employment.  "Directly affects" refers to  situations where one employee is above the other employee in a vertical  line of authority extending through one or more organizational levels of supervision or management. 

USG employees who violate this prohibition are subject to disciplinary action commensurate with the offense, up to and including termination.