Statement on Consensual Relationships

Although the University of Nebraska at Omaha does not prohibit romantic or sexual relationships between employees, it does discourage such consensual relationships between faculty and student or supervisor and employee.

All faculty, supervisors and other employees should understand that there are substantial risks in even an apparently consensual relationship where a power differential exists. That is, one of the parties is likely to have influence over the other’s assignments, grades or terms of employment. The inherent power differential between the parties may compromise freedom of choice.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha reaffirms the generally accepted ethical principle that situations in which one makes official evaluations of “intimates” should be avoided. If a close relationship with emotional ties develops, the faculty member or supervisor bears a special burden of accountability. That individual is advised to make suitable arrangements for the objective evaluation, for example, of the student, employee or the prospective student or employee.