Consensual Relationship Policy

Date approved: 9-8-2010
Last update: 9-8-2010
Approved by: President
Subject category: General University
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.


All students, faculty, and staff


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.