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Office of the Dean

Consensual Relationships Policy Committee

The Consensual Relationships Policy Committee has these members   and this charge. We  post informal agendas and minutes for all our meetings.

Take a look at the current Rough Draft.

the finished draft will be presented in March to the campus community via the Faculty Senate, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Student Assembly, the Employee Assembly, and the University Assembly. After one month of public commenting and editing, these same bodies will vote on the recommended policy. The results of those votes together with the attending commentary and the Committee’s Final Report will be delivered to President Pollack by May 1, 2018.

The current policy has been a topic of concern at Cornell  for the last two years. There is a history of failed and proposed legislation during this period. We offer this background material and these links to existing policies at over 50 peer institutions.

The Committee’s policy-development effort revolves around a set of ten “Q-questions” that are assembled in the table below. Please visit the  “Q-pages” to see what the Committee is thinking about. You can also  anonymously post your insights on those webpages.

To respond to a question, click on the question…

Q1 Why is it important to have an effective consensual relationships policy?
Q2 What defines risky behavior and the “radius” of authority?
Q3 What needs to be said about power differentials?
Q4 How should a consensual relationships policy relate to a harassment policy?
Q5 What needs to be said about pre-existing relationships?
Q6 What about faculty-undergraduate relationships?
Q7 What about student-student relationships where one has authority over the other?
Q8 What would make a disclosure mechanism effective?
Q9 What  is required for effective enforcement and adjudication?
Q10 Are there effective strategies for managing conflict of interest?

Handy pdf Summary of the Q-Questions and Associated Talking Points

Rules About Posting Totally Anonymous Comments.

Last Updated: February 22, 2018 at 8:56 pm