Last Revised: April 1999
The University of Nevada, Reno policy prohibits romantic or sexual relations in circumstances in which one of the individuals is in a position of direct professional power over the other. Definition of a professional power relationship: a faculty member or supervisor will always be treated as having such direct power if the student is in an educational experience in which the faculty member has authority to assign grades, or the supervisor has any input into the evaluation of the employee's work performance, promotion or tenure. A faculty member will be treated as having such direct power in other circumstances as well, e.g., when serving on thesis, dissertation, or scholarship awards committees, or in matters of admission or advisement. The same principles which apply to the faculty-student relationship also govern administrative faculty in their relationships with students.