Consensual Relationships

Summary

Romantic or sexual relationships between faculty members or others in positions of authority over students and postgraduates (as defined by this policy) are prohibited whenever those relationships have the potential to interfere with an individual’s right or ability to pursue academic, training, research, or professional interests.

Policy

Cornell’s University Policy 6.3 defines a consensual relationship as a “romantic and/or sexual relationship willingly undertaken by the parties” and prohibits romantic or sexual relationships between faculty members or others in positions of authority and students and post-graduates under several provisions.  

The policy also describes relationships that are not prohibited, but which require disclosure. 

Related Policy

Cornell University prohibits its faculty, administrative and academic staff, postdocs, and undergraduate and graduate students from engaging in any form of prohibited discrimination protected-status, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence, and expects these individuals to refrain from committing acts of discrimination, bias, or sexual assault/violence within the university’s jurisdiction.  Reporting, understanding, and preventing unacceptable behaviors such as harassment is essential to maintaining our caring community.

See University Policy 6.4 Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence,

Learn more about reporting options at the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE) website.

Contact

Janna Lamey
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
janna.lamey@cornell.edu