Consensual Relations Statement

Romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty or other instructional staff/academic staff and students, or between supervisors and subordinates, are of concern to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for two primary reasons.

  1. Conflict of Interest

    Conflicts of interest may arise in connection with consensual romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty or other instructional staff/academic staff and students, or between supervisors and subordinates. University policy and more general ethical principles preclude individuals from evaluating the work or general academic performance of others with whom they have intimate familial relationships, or from making hiring, salary, or similar financial decisions concerning such persons. The same principles apply to consensual romantic and/or sexual relationships, and require, at a minimum, that appropriate arrangements be made for objective decision-making with regard to the student, subordinate, or prospective employee.

  2. Abuse of Power Differential

    Although conflict of interest issues can be resolved, in a consensual romantic and/or sexual relationship involving a power differential, the potential for serious consequences remains. A faculty or other instructional staff/academic staff member who enters into a romantic and/or sexual relationship with a student, or a supervisor with a subordinate, where a professional power differential exists must be aware that.

    • the reasons for entering such a relationship may be a function of the power differential;

    • if a charge of sexual harassment is alleged, it will be exceedingly difficult to defend against such a charge on grounds of mutual consent;

    • the individual with the power in the relationship will likely bear the burden of accountability.


UWGB Faculty Senate Document #91-10
   Approved, 18 March 1992
UWGB Academic Staff Assembly
   Approved, 16 January 1992
   Approved, David Outcalt, Chancellor, 27 May 1992
Reaffirmed, Mark L. Perkins, Chancellor, 28 March 1995