Suppose A and B are in a consensual relationship and that A has the potential to exercise authority over B.
- How should the policy assess the magnitude of the A-to-B power differential? Does the magnitude of the differential correlate with the duration of its effect?
- How can the policy discourage underestimations of the power differential by both A and B?
- How can the policy sensitize both A and B to the fact the power differential may lead to different definitions of what constitutes ethical behavior?
- How might perceptions of the power differential evolve as the relationship evolves?
- How should A respond if B is the one pursuing a relationship and initiating romantic or sexual interactions?
- What about the argument that says many relationships in the workforce have a power differential so students better get used to dealing with it?
- Different cultures may have different assumptions or standards as to what constitutes a power differential in an academic relationship. How should the policy address this fact?
- Is it possible for a relationship be fully consensual when there is a significant power differential?
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