Statement on Amorous Relationships
The following information offered to inform students of the existence of policies governing interpersonal, romantic relationships. It is necessary to acknowledge and establish relationship boundaries in our living, learning and working environment, especially where there are existing hierarchies and power dynamics. The power difference inherent in the faculty-student or staff-student relationship means that any amorous relationship between a faculty or staff member with a student is potentially exploitative and either should be avoided or is prohibited by Policy.
All members of the faculty and staff are prohibited from pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with any undergraduate student. Students who are also Keene State employees are prohibited from pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with another student where there is an uneven power dynamic. For example, Community Assistants are prohibited from pursuing or engaging in an amorous relationship with a student who is a resident in their Hall. The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and Human Resources may make exception to these prohibitions for past amorous relationships, relationships between spouses, or other exceptional circumstances, subject to a relationship management plan where necessary. Additional information may be found here.