Professor and student dating
At a faculty senate meeting last fall, ASU professor Cynthia Tompkins was asked by faculty what prompted the proposed University Senate revision. The story detailed students who complained about faculty behavior and their concerns that the university's response fell short.
Tompkins chaired the committee that drafted the new policy."We can't share exact data," she told faculty members. The story came a month after a blog posted by an advocacy group that was started by a former ASU student, Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, carried similar allegations.
University policy groups don't track how common it is for faculty to date students. Her theory is that higher education doesn't really want to know how often it goes on.
ASU officials, in response to a public-records request from The Arizona Republic, said they couldn't provide numbers on how many faculty members had their contracts terminated or not renewed as a result of romantic or sexual relationships with students."We don't keep a running tally of such incidents," the statement said. You have some happy events, people saying 'this is how I met my wife and we've had a lovely 40 years together,' to events, which are happening right now, with unwanted pregnancies."Problems at Barrett, the Honors College Last May, the campus newspaper, The State Press, published a story about allegations of sexual misconduct involving instructors and students at Barrett, the Honors College.
Pratt and his attorney, Melissa Iyer Julian, declined to comment.
Those incidents have led to an effort to strengthen the policies.On Monday, ASU's University Senate, which represents the faculty, voted on a proposal that will be more restrictive than the current policy, which now prohibits faculty from dating students in their classes or students they supervise or evaluate.