Dating and Relationship Policy 423.02

Johnson County Community College
Series: 400 Personnel
Section: Employee Conduct and Performance

The greatest amount of academic freedom and collegiality between those in positions of authority and others is encouraged on this campus. It is, however, important to draw clear boundaries where situations involve individuals of unequal power, for example, faculty and student or supervisor and employee.

Situations of Sexual Misconduct have been clearly defined in JCCC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy 650.00, but outside the scope of Sexual Misconduct, dating, sexual and social relationships still have some blurred boundaries.

It is considered unethical and a conflict of interest for an employee to have any dating or sexual relationship with a student, or a social/personal relationship with a student that is unprofessional and goes beyond the bounds of a teaching-learning or educational focus: 1) during the time of course/program enrollment in the employee’s department, 2) when an employee has oversight responsibilities for a student, or 3) when a significant power differential exists. An example of a power differential would include, but not be limited to, if a faculty member is in a position to recommend the student for academic or employment opportunities, even after the student has completed courses with the faculty member.

It is considered unethical and a conflict of interest for a supervisor to engage in or pursue a dating or sexual relationship with an employee in the supervisor’s area of supervision or when a significant power differential exists.


Date of Adoption: 05/15/2003
Revised: 09/21/2017