This relationship vests considerable trust in the teacher, who, in turn, bears authority and accountability as a mentor, educator, and evaluator. The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion. The pedagogical relationship between teacher and student must be protected from influences or activities that can interfere with learning and personal development. Whenever a teacher is or in the future might reasonably become responsible for teaching, advising, or directly supervising a student, a sexual relationship between them is inappropriate and must be avoided. In addition to creating the potential for coercion, any such relationship jeopardizes the integrity of the educational process by creating a conflict of interest and may impair the learning environment for other students. Finally, such situations may expose the University and the teacher to liability for violation of laws against sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
Blurred boundaries for teachers
Blurred boundaries for teachers | Education | The Guardian
Teachers should not be prosecuted for having affairs with their sixth formers, a union chief has said. NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said it was an "anomaly" that a teacher who had sex with a pupil aged over 16 could go on the sex offenders register. She told ITV's Tonight programme the law was wrong because a teacher could legally enter a relationship with a sixth former at another school. Child protection professionals have criticised her comments.
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Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. The most recent data show the biggest one-year jump in almost a decade. Among those educators investigated over the last year is Lockhart High School science teacher Sarah Fowlkes, who gained notoriety for smiling in her mug shot. A year-old student told investigators that she touched his genitals and that he touched her breasts, according to an arrest affidavit.
The court sided with year-old David Paschal, an Elkins High School history and psychology teacher who admitted having a five-month consensual sexual relationship with an year-old student. Attorneys for the state argued the law protects high school students from sexual advances of teachers who are in positions of authority. But the high court found the law was unconstitutional because it criminalized sexual conduct between consenting adults.