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She received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983.
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In relationships with students, the employee is expected to be aware of his/her professional responsibilities and to avoid apparent or actual conflict of interest, favoritism or bias.
Consensual sexual relationships are prohibited between a student and an employee who is in a position to exercise power or authority over that student.
Consensual sexual relationships between a student and an employee who is not in a position to exercise direct power or authority over that student may also be inappropriate.
Any employee who engages in such a relationship must accept responsibility for assuring that it does not result in a conflict of interest or raise other issues of professionalism.
Efforts by employees to initiate these relationships are also prohibited.
Violations of this policy by an employee is grounds for the Performance Management process, up to and including discharge.
If a relationship is deemed to be inappropriate under these guidelines, the appropriate department head or next level of administrator, after consultation with the EAD and a Human Resources Consultant will take appropriate action.
If such a relationship currently exists or develops, it must be disclosed: C. When employees interact with students, staff are in a position of trust and power.
These relationships must not jeopardize the effective functioning of the University by the appearance of either favoritism or unfairness in the exercise of professional judgment.
This article was co-authored by Klare Heston, LICSW.
Klare Heston is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Ohio.