If a consensual relationship occurs, any situation of authority must be discontinued and appropriate action may be taken.
But it turns out that not all student/TA relationships are deemed inappropriate.
Additionally, Jolley stated that student/TA relationships “often create perceptions of favoritism while the relationship is ongoing” and sometimes results in “allegations of sexual harassment” if the relationship ends poorly.
Although still a student, a TA also qualifies as a university employee and a student’s superior, and therefore has more to lose if caught in a so-called “inappropriate” relationship.
After the semester ended and grades had been submitted, she sent him a message over Facebook to go out. I would have been attracted to him in any environment,” she said.
She was 18 and he was 24, and they dated for three months. For others, dating a TA may have other pressures, even after the course is completed.
And they too are usually intelligent, accomplished, published, and passionate.