Affairs Between College Students and Professors: No Big Deal or Completely Unethical?
As a teacher, my opinion is that this is totally unethical from the point of view of the professor. The professor is in a position of power over the student, this means that any relationship with the student is unethical, not to mention potentially unfair to the student and to other students in the class.
By this I mean there will always be a question in the mind of the student of " Did I really earn that grade or did I just recieve the grade because the professor was worried I might tell someone about the relationship? or did I get the grade because he/she likes me?" The other worry the student may have is "Do I get marked harder because the professor is worried that other students might believe that I may be favoured?"
In terms of the other students they may rightly or wrongly believe that the student is favoured and it could effect the way that they think about the professor and their course. It is a lose/lose situation for all!
Finally, when a person becomes a teacher of someone else there is a power differential created and this makes it inapropriate for there to be a relationship between the two people.
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