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He says policies need to reflect the individual circumstances of each university.
MIT, for example, has many professional schools and adult education programs, so many of its graduate students are much older than some of the faculty.
And, he adds, it could be misleading to assume that graduate students are more resilient because they are usually older and so more mature.
“That doesn’t recognize that graduate students can be very vulnerable professionally and educationally in ways that undergraduates are not,” he says.
Editor's note (April 24): After reader feedback, we have changed this article's headline to better reflect its subject matter, particularly the questions raised about the appropriateness of relationships involving power differentials.
The days of Princeton University professors dating graduate students in other departments are coming to an end, campus officials said.
Dick Miller, a philosophy professor at Cornell, says the scope of the Princeton move is “harmful and not merited” and exaggerates the effect that professors in distant departments can have.
Rather, she was among the faculty members who voted on the policy that the committee had put together.Last year, a report on sexual harassment from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine suggested universities could “defuse” many difficult situations if they changed the way graduate students were trained, to make them less dependent for funding on individual faculty members.“It’s an enormous challenge to change the contours of academia in which these asymmetries of power are so prevalent,” he says.So, for example, an English professor was allowed to date a Ph. student working in a biology lab on the other side of campus.But, Princeton reconsidered the policy in the wake of the #Me Too movement and nationwide calls for stricter guidelines to prevent professors from having too much power over graduate students, especially in personal relationships.“This is an important step in ensuring that we create a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment for everyone on campus,” Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the faculty, said in an email to professors announcing the new policy.