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Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policy Between Staff Members and Students

Effective Date: February 25, 2013


No staff member at Columbia should participate in supervision, employment actions, evaluation, advising or mentoring any Columbia University student with whom that staff member has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship, except in unusual circumstances.  In the event that a personal relationship of this kind does exist in a supervisory, advisory or mentoring context, the supervisor must disclose the relationship and initiate arrangements to address any issues of conflict of interest. A staff member who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The University will take all necessary steps to protect a student in such a relationship against academic, professional or financial hardship. You may download a copy of this policy here:  For further information, contact EOAA, 212-854-5511, or Human Resouces at 212-851-7008.

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