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California State University, Long BeachCalifornia State University, Long Beach

ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINE

Consensual Amorous and/or Sexual Relationships between
Employees and Students

Guideline Contents

  • Responsible University Officer:
    AVP Faculty Affairs; AVP, Human Resources Management
  • Primary Guideline Contact:

    Director, Faculty Affairs; Associate Director, Staff Human Resources

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

Policy Statement

California State University, Long Beach, recognizes that there is a power disparity between a student and any individual [hereinafter referred to as "covered individual"] who is currently teaching, evaluating, counseling, coaching, advising, and/or supervising that student.

Consensual amorous or sexual relations between a student and any covered individual can create a conflict of interest that may lead to complaints of favoritism, lower morale, adverse effects to student welfare, damaged learning and working relationships, or claims of sexual harassment or discrimination.

GUIDELINE STATEMENT

Guiding Principles

The University will regard a consensual amorous or sexual relationship between any covered individual and a student for whom he or she has a teaching, evaluative, counseling, coaching, advising, or supervisory responsibilities as unprofessional and unacceptable.

The University expects covered individuals to refrain from taking any teaching, evaluative, counseling, coaching, advising, or supervisorial role involving an individual with whom he/she is having an amorous or sexual relationship.

PROCEDURES

Policy Conflict Resolution

Any covered individual who is, has been, or becomes involved in an amorous or sexual relationship with a student over whom he or she currently has authority, influence, or responsibility must promptly inform his or her immediate supervisor of such relationship. Moreover,

any covered individual  who is, has been or becomes involved in an amorous or sexual relationship  with a student must remove himself or herself from any participation in any key academic-related decisions, such as those related to grading, transfer, evaluation, awards, discipline, or academic status, related to that student.

any covered individual who is, has been or becomes involved in an amorous or sexual relationship with a student must remove himself or herself from any participation in any key employment-related decisions, such as those related to hiring, evaluation, or discipline, related to that student.

The supervisor informed of the amorous relationship shall consult with the covered individual to resolve any potential conflicts. The supervisor shall maintain confidentiality of the relationship to the extent possible. Information provided to the supervisor shall be shared with other University employees exclusively on a "need to know” basis. Potential resolutions may include reassignment of key academic-related or employment-related decisions regarding the student who is or has been in an amorous or sexual relationship with a covered individual to a different covered individual for whom no conflict of interest exists in making such decisions.

Failure to comply with Section Policy Conflict Resoution provisions shall subject violators to warning, reprimand or other disciplinary procedures in accordance with University regulations and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement, if applicable.

FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS

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ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject Contact Phone Email
Primary Guideline Contact Mark Wiley (562) 985-2624 Mark.Wiley@csulb.edu
Subject Matter Expert Scott Apel (562) 985-8716 Scott.Apel@csulb.edu
Subject Matter Expert Faculty Rick von Kolen (562) 985-5208 Rick.vonKolen@csulb.edu
Subject Matter Expert Staff Neil Iacano (562) 985-7161 Neil.Iacano@csulb.edu

APPENDICES AND RELATED INFORMATION

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HISTORY

Issue Date: December 2014

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