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Yale bans sex between faculty and undergraduates

April 6, 2010

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale University has adopted a policy banning sexual relationships between faculty and undergraduates.

Previously, the Ivy League university had prohibited such relationships only when the faculty member taught or supervised the student or expected to do so. The old policy still applies to graduate students.

The new policy bars faculty from having sexual relationships with any undergraduate student.

The change was announced to faculty in November and incorporated into the faculty handbook in January. The handbook cites the power imbalance between faculty and students and says undergraduates are especially vulnerable to the potential for coercion because of their age and relative lack of maturity.

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