Hanky-panky between students and faculty members at the citadel of knowledge “Harvard University” has officially been banned, CNN reports. To be specific, a few days ago, the elite school adopted a new policy prohibiting romantic relationships between the students and their professors. A previous policy existed but only applied to relationships between professors and the students they taught.
In a statement released by Harvard, the University stated that a specially appointed committee “determined that the existing language on relationships of unequal status did not explicitly reflect the faculty’s expectations of what constituted an appropriate relationship between undergraduate students and faculty members … therefore, the committee revised the policy to include a clear prohibition to better accord with these expectations.”
This new policy is the result of “a formal process to review Harvard University’s Title IX policy,” which comes almost a year after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was investigating 55 colleges and universities, including Harvard, for violations related to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination on college campuses. Harvard responded at the time saying it had appointed its first ever Title IX officer, and that the school’s president “recently announced the creation of a university-wide task force — composed of faculty, students and staff — that will recommend how we can better prevent sexual misconduct at Harvard.”
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