Consensual Relationship Policy

Consensual Relationship

Date approved: 9-8-2010
Last update: 8-17-2016
Approved by: President
Level: Admin Policy
This policy has a related procedure. View the procedure.

Interactions between faculty, staff and students at Northern Michigan University are guided by professional ethics, trust, and mutual respect. Professional relationships have a power differential that may carry risks of conflict of interest, breach of trust and professional ethics, and abuse of power.


University employees (faculty, staff, and student supervisors) who are in a position of authority in such matters as supervising, evaluating, teaching a course and/or advising a student as part of a school program shall not engage in a Consensual Relationship with a student or subordinate.  Should a Consensual Relationship develop while the university employee is in a position of authority, the supervisory authority must be transferred.