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Employee-student relationship policy instituted

The University has adopted a new policy regarding employee-student relationships.

SPG 601.22-1, Employee-Student Relationships policy, defines the conflict of interest that arises when a non-faculty employee engages in a romantic or sexual relationship with a student and has the ability to influence the status or circumstances of the student through his or her professional responsibilities. A similar policy was instituted last year for faculty-student relationships (see related SPG 601.22).

When such a conflict of interest arises, the employee is required to disclose the relationship to his or her supervisor so that a plan to resolve the conflict can be developed.

The policy strongly discourages such associations, stating: "Romantic and/or sexual relationships between an employee and a student have the potential to pose risks to the employee, the student and third parties. As a matter of sound judgment and professional ethics, all employees have a responsibility to avoid any apparent or actual conflict between their professional responsibilities and personal relationships with students."

U-M employees are prohibited from making decisions and engaging in administrative actions for any student with whom the employee is having a romantic and/or sexual relationship. In some cases, this prohibition extends to past relationships.

The policy is intended to protect the integrity of professional relationships between employees and students. Staff, students and those in the University community who interact with students are encouraged to become familiar with the policy.

For more information, view SPG 601.22-1 on the Standard Practice Guide Web site at

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