Concordia issues revised faculty-student relationship guidelines

January 31, 2018

Concordia University has released its revised guidelines on faculty-student relationships in the wake of recent allegations of sexual misconduct. “It is imperative to set boundaries that eliminate any confusion of professional and personal relationships between instructors and students,” according to an email issued by the university. “This is glaringly the case with respect to romantic or sexual relationships.” The guidelines are reportedly not a departure from rules laid out in the school’s code of ethics for employees, but are more explicit. “We explored the option of banning such relationships, but concluded, for legal reasons, we cannot prohibit such relationships between consenting adult,” explained Concordia spokesperson Mary-Jo Barr.