A more stringent regulation, which would have banned romance between all professors and undergraduates, was voted down.
In particular, the idea that it is disturbing for a much older (adult) to date a much younger (adult) may be more of a societal taboo/hangup than anything that can be rationally justified.
In some ways, sex between students and their professors is part of the mythology of academia. The scenario typically involves a young female student seduced by her older and more knowledgeable teacher.
I don't see any sign that this was frowned upon from other department professors.
student, so there is no present power dynamic, conflict of interest or anything like that.
However, you should be prepared for those in your department to find out that you are dating a former student, which could create a certain amount of push back.
For instance: I hasten to add that none of these point to any clear ethical lapse or mistake on your part.The list of schools with these policies in place has grown to include Stanford, Harvard, Yale, The College of William and Mary, the University of Connecticut and Northwestern University.Laura Kipnis, a professor in Northwestern's School of Communication, criticized her school's policy in a controversial essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, arguing that the ban assumes that professors are predators, and also that these policies infantilize students.Attitudes began to change in the 1960s and 1970s, with the rise of feminism and an increasing number of female scholars in academia.Real policy changes did not occur until the late 1980s and 1990s, when courts said schools could be held liable in sexual harassment cases.Since then, many universities have begun to address student-professor dating.