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Yale Bans Sex Between Faculty and Undergraduate Students

Do You Know Anyone Who Was Involved With a Teacher?

I'll admit it. I once had a crush on my college professor. The innocent attraction made going to class so much easier, but I never thought anything would happen. In my wildest dreams I knew he was off limits even after the term was over since he was sadly married.

Yale University recently stepped in to prevent teacher-student romances from happening when academic ethics or wedding vows don't do the trick. A new rule prohibits faculty members from having relationships with undergrads, including the students they don't teach. Since schools are responsible for on-campus sexual harassment, banning teachers from having romantic relations with students they directly teach is quite common. And like Yale, some schools go all the way (with the ban), forbidding sex with any undergrad. For Yale grad students, sex is off limits if the teacher has "direct pedagogical or supervisory responsibilities" over the student.

Based on my personal experience, I assume teacher/student crushes aren't so rare. But do you know anyone who's actually hooked up with a professor? How did it work out?

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HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
This was common in my high school. The most notorious one was with a teacher who was married AND had a kid who went to the school. It was all rumors-since I did not see them sexing or anything, BUT my parents once were on a train and the teacher and student-minus other classmates (if you get my drift) were sitting in front of them. As my dad put it, "that guy wasn't talking to that girl like he was her teacher." I don't think it should be banned in college-as long as the teacher does not teach the student and is not giving the students friends special treatment.
teramichelle teramichelle 7 years
My best friend started dated one of the profs at our undergrad 5 years ago. I'm not going to lie, it was a little weird for me to hear and adjust to. Luckily they did their homework and verified that they weren't breaking any university policy. They're now married (I was the maid of honor) and are one of the happiest couples I know. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
One of my best friends married her high school English teacher at 24. They started dating after she graduated. He's not too much older than her. He as fresh out of college when he had her in class.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
I hooked up with one of my T.A.'s during my junior year of college. We were sort of 'friends with benefits' for a couple months, but things fizzled out when the semester was over. It was fun to sneak around, but it probably wouldn't have been against any university rules. He was only 2 years older than me and we actually had a class together because I was also taking some graduate classes as part of the Honors Program.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
Tons of girls were with this one teacher. It was in the paper here. He got 4 years in jail, but some people said that he ended up going back to his country after a year or two. He only got caught because this girl thought she was confessing to the priest, but she didn't tell him during confession! He had to report it and it turned out she was lying about her situation, but a ton of girls came out and said they were with him. It was crazy!
merie33 merie33 7 years
My junior year (of HS) band teacher was fired the summer after for sleeping with one of the students. She was a year older than me, and babysat his kids. He was prosecuted not only on statutory rape charges, but also providing alcohol and illegal substances to minors. Apparently alot of the seniors used to go over his house and get high with him. He's not allowed to teach any longer and was put on probation. As far as I know, his wife didn't leave him The girl broke up with her long term boyfriend, and rarely shows her face around town anymore because everyone knows who she is.
roseate roseate 7 years
A girl I graduated with last spring is now engaged to one of her professors from our school. The professor is young, so it's not completely creepy, but it still kind of weirds me out.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
A girl who graduated one year ahead of me in HS got involved and eventually married a popular English teacher (same school). She graduated, broke up with her HS sweetheart, and immediately began dating the teacher. Gave us a lot to gossip about that year!
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
also, i had a h.s. crush on one of the english teachers at my school, i never had him as a teacher, but a few friends did and i would totally "flirt" with him a lot (i was in, i was still perfecting my game ;), anyway, he wound up being a chaperon at prom and we danced together a few times and he's in a few of my prom pics. it was all pretty innocent.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
it's not confirmed but i had an advertising prof who was really cozy with one of his student assistants, like creepy close, you could tell something was going on, it was...interesting.
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
i had a HUGE crush on my chemistry teacher who was fresh out of collage when i was a senior in high school. two years later he quit to go to medical school in the same city where i went to collage and we ended up dating my junior and senior year. not sure if that counts, but thought i'd share the fun of it.
weffie weffie 7 years
We had a skeezy high school music teacher who got fired for screwing a student, too. I never got it, she was gorgeous and he was like 5'3" and bald with a cowboy mustache. In our yearbook that year, he was grabbing her butt and sticking his tongue out in the choir photo... it was taken before the story broke but by the time yearbooks came out everyone knew what was up, it was pretty hilarious. Another girl I know is now with my tenth grade English teacher, but they didn't hook up til after graduation (and after the teacher divorced her husband lol).
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 7 years
Yep! The music teacher actually moved in with a student I knew. He only got fired however, not prosecuted.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I was. We dated after the semester was over.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
My aunt's friend was a professor in college and she ended up marrying a student from the same school. I don't think he was her student though.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
High school, yes - my office has prosecuted them.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I think it's completely different between high school and university teachers. High school teachers SHOULD NOT HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS, period. But I don't see the big deal in college. As long as the relationship does not occur while a student is under direct instruction of a professor/instructor. That's what my university told us during orientation, which I agree with. No relationships with teachers while you're enrolled in the course; the instructor can get fired and a big legal mess might start... if the desire is that strong, pursue it when they are not your instructor anymore haha I know of more instances where college students have relationships with TAs, not the actual instructor. It makes sense since TAs are usually younger and still students themselves.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
During my senior year of high school a girl I knew came back to our school after being gone two years. Everyone noticed that she spent a lot of time in the classroom of one of the most popular teachers and she even cleaned his house and they did stuff together with groups of other students. A few weeks before graduation they were caught in a car in another city having sex. This was about 3 days before the girls 18th birthday. The guy ended up going to jail for I believe 8 months and was fired. All of the teachers and staff were shocked because he seemed happily married with a baby on the way but most students weren't shocked at all. Anyone who saw them together knew something was going on.
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