But in college, these fantasies are much more realistic possibilities because we’re all legal adults and we have a new degree of autonomy outside of our parents’ homes.

Coupled with our developing passions for what we study, an encounter with someone with a depth of knowledge in our field can be incredibly alluring.

And then, after just one sip, the magic fizzles out.

The same policy is repeated in NYU’s Anti-Harassment Policy.

Section VIII on consensual relationships states: Sexual behavior that is welcome or consensual does not constitute sexual harassment under the law.

October 19, 2017#We Advocate: Charities on the Hill ............................................................................

by Matthew Quick When I was a young high school teacher, many of my students asked if we could perhaps have a beer together when they turned twenty-one, the legal drinking age here in The States. Three or four years into my teaching stint, I started bumping into former students at bars in and around Philadelphia. They try to use my first name, but can’t ever really pull it off. I ask about their lives and they give me carefully edited updates that feel like answers to test questions.

I always said, “Sure,” thinking they’d graduate and forget all about me. It usually played out like this: a drink arrives unordered and the server points out a familiar face at the other end of the room. And then silence finally conquers all, at which point we hug awkwardly and part ways.

A former student struts triumphantly over to me, all but screaming out the fact that he or she has finally reached the legal drinking age. Sometimes former students contact me, specifically to schedule the promised drink.However, romantic relationships in situations where one individual has greater power or authority over another frequently result in claims of harassment when the relationships ends and a perception of favoritism while the relationship continues. A “consensual” relationship between a professor and his/her student, a supervisor and a subordinate, or a coach and team player are examples of inappropriate relationships.If a consensual relationship occurs, any situation of authority must be discontinued and appropriate action may be taken.“If the TA or professor does not have any actual power over the student’s opportunities (i.e.grades, extracurricular involvement, employment, etc.), then a dating relationship would not violate university policy,” he said.But it turns out that not all student/TA relationships are deemed inappropriate.