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Romantic or sexual relations between persons of unequal power, authority, or influence at the College, are inherently problematic because they include the potential for a conflict of interest, favoritism, and exploitation. Maintaining appropriate boundaries in relationships can be especially difficult in a community like ours where informal, supportive relations among faculty, staff, and students outside the classroom are not only permitted but encouraged.
Because the difference in institutional power and the inherent risk of coercion are so great, the College has determined that with limited exceptions, no faculty or staff member shall enter into a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with a currently enrolled Knox College student. Exceptions to this Policy fall into two categories: Pre-existing relationships and student workers.
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