UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-04-03
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Faculty Responsibilities
SUBJECT: Faculty-Student Relationships
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 19, 1996
This policy establishes guidelines on relationships between faculty members and their
The University's educational mission is promoted by professional relationships between
faculty members and students. Relationships of an intimate nature compromise the
integrity of a faculty-student relationship whenever the faculty member has a professional
responsibility for the student.
The University prohibits intimate relationships between a faculty member and a student
whose academic work, teaching, or research is being supervised or evaluated by the
faculty member. If an intimate relationship should exist or develop between a faculty
member and a student, the University requires the faculty member to remove himself/
herself from all supervisory, evaluative, and/or formal advisory roles with respect to the
student. Failure to do so may subject the faculty member to disciplinary action.
Transgressions of this policy may result in the forfeiture of the legal and monetary
protections of the University's indemnification policy. See Policy 07-06-06, Faculty and
Faculty Member: refers to anyone appointed by the University as a teacher, researcher,
or academic administrator, including graduate and undergraduate students so appointed.
Intimate: meaning sexual and/or romantic.
Policy 07-06-06, Faculty and Staff Indemnification