The University and College Lecturers' Union clearly states: "It is unacceptable for any member of staff to abuse their power for sexual gratification." On top of that clear advice, I'm sure universities would hate the thought of being seen as unprofessional and students’ parents would be sure to disapprove.They might not be minors, but students are still in a semi-vulnerable stage.Teachers need to be professional and do their job but how does this impact their job if they have a sexual relationship with their own student?” I wish I could say the same, but I find it hard to believe that a sexual relationship would not impact the professional side of things.Even if Thurlow optimistically believes that lecturers can maintain professional boundaries, we do have to remember that they are human and will make mistakes.He says that students know exactly what they’re doing, but my experience of Freshers’ Week showed that actually, a lot of 18-year-olds were incredibly vulnerable and had lived pretty sheltered lives up until uni.But the site is under fire again – this time for offering free membership to university lecturers.
Students are over 18, they’re not vulnerable, they’re very switched on.
It is why universities do have those policies in place and why my old union, the University College London Union, says: "Engaging in a relationship with a member of staff can have damaging effects on the student." As much as I believe in sexual freedom, it's ultimately pretty dangerous for ‘Shag At Uni’ to encourage students to embark on sexual relationships with members of university staff that they may later come to view not as casual sex, but as an abuse of power.
Do you think there's any harm in a website which effectively encourages students to sleep with lecturers?
How can a tutor who is involved with his/ her student then mark his/ her work fairly?
Won’t the student be getting Firsts after a great night together, and then 2:2s if the tutor gets dumped?