Rules professors dating students
Or, to be more exact, teachers can no longer date students in their classes, or students for whom they "should reasonably expect" in the future to have academic responsibility.
"It's one of the complicated ethical things teachers have to deal with all the time," she says.
The University of California's decision is unusual in its scope - it affects an entire system - but it's hardly leading the pack.
In the past decade, schools such as Yale, Duke, Ohio Wesleyan, and the College of William & Mary have enacted similar bans, some stricter, some more lenient.
But the power-dynamics defense angers some professors.
For one thing, notes Jane Gallop, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, professors don't really have all the power.
"We recognize that among graduate students and faculty, these relationships develop, but it's not appropriate while you're overseeing a student's work."Aside from a group of Berkeley professors who were vocally opposed, as well as the student representative to the Board of Regents, Dr. If the policy had been in place a year earlier, it might have prevented the scandal involving the dean of the Berkeley campus's law school who resigned after a student - whom he claimed he was seeing consensually - accused him of sexual harassment.