UPPS No. 04.04.39
Issue No. 3
Effective Date: 9/17/2013
Next Review Date: 10/01/2017 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Equity and Access
It is the policy of Texas State University that employees with direct teaching, supervisory, advisory, or evaluative responsibility over other employees, students, or student employees recognize and respect the ethical and professional boundaries that must exist in such situations. While relationships between consenting adults are a personal matter, they can create potential conflicts in the workplace and in the educational setting. Such relationships also contain the potential for exploitation of an employee, student, or student employee and the possible professional or academic disadvantage of third parties.
Should such a relationship develop, the teacher, supervisor, or advisor has the obligation to disclose its existence to an immediate supervisor and cooperate in making alternative arrangements including reassignment of either party or other action to change the power relationship created due to supervision, evaluation, grading, or advising.
All parties should comply with policies and laws pertaining to the confidentiality of student and employee records. Persons who violate these policies or laws are subject to disciplinary action.
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students of Texas State University. As used in this UPPS, the terms “faculty, staff, and students” includes individuals serving as interns or as volunteers such as volunteer coaches.
A consensual relationship is a mutually acceptable, romantic, or sexual relationship between a university employee (including a student employee) with supervisory, teaching, evaluation, or advisory authority and an employee, student, or student employee who is supervised, taught, evaluated, or advised by that university employee.
A conflict of interest is an appearance of impropriety that arises when individuals with the authority and the responsibility to evaluate the work or performance of an employee, student, or student employee initiate, acquiesce to, or engage in an intimate romantic or sexual relationship with that employee, student, or student employee.
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY
PROCEDURE FOR FAILURE TO COOPERATE
PROCEDURE FOR GRIEVANCE OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS POLICY
REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
|Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equity and Access||October 1 E4Y|
|TSUS Office of General Counsel||October 1 E4Y|
|Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students||October 1 E4Y|
|Chair, Faculty Senate||October 1 E4Y|
|Chair, Staff Council||October 1 E4Y|
This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.
Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equity and Access; senior reviewer of this UPPS
Special Assistant to the President