The College of Coastal Georgia promotes an atmosphere of professionalism based on mutual trust and respect. The integrity of interaction among faculty, staff and students must not be compromised. Consensual amorous relationships are prohibited in certain instances as outlined in this policy.
The integrity of academic and work relationships is the foundation of the College’s educational mission. These relationships vest considerable trust in persons with authority, whether as mentor, educator, evaluator and/or administrator. The unequal power inherent in college academic and work relationships heightens the vulnerability of those in subordinate positions. The College must protect itself from influences or activities that interfere with intellectual, professional and personal growth, or with the College’s financial interests. Consequently, people in positions of authority within the College community must be sensitive to the potential for conflict of interest, as well as sexual harassment, in amorous relationships with people over whom they have a professional power/status advantage. The individual in authority bears the primary responsibility for any negative consequences resulting from an amorous relationship. It is in the interest of the College to provide clear direction to the College community about potential professional risks associated with consensual amorous relationships between members of the College community where a power/status advantage exists.
All employees at the College are covered by this policy.
All employees at the College are should be familiar with this policy.
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These definitions apply to the terms as they are used in this policy:
Consensual amorous relationships will sometimes develop between members of the College community, whether faculty members, students, administrators or staff. This policy requires that direct evaluative authority not be exercised in cases where amorous relationships exist between two individuals, whether of the same or opposite sex. Problems often arise with amorous relationships in situations where one party is the supervisor and the other the supervisee. In such situations, the integrity of academic or employment decisions may either be compromised or appear to be compromised. Further, amorous relationships between parties of unequal power greatly increase the possibility that the individual with the evaluative responsibility, typically a supervisor or a faculty member, will abuse her/his power and sexually exploit the student or employee. A relationship which began as consensual, may in retrospect be seen as something else by one or both of the parties. Moreover, others may be adversely affected by such behavior because it places the faculty member or supervisor in a position to favor or advance one student’s or employee’s interest at the expense of others and implicitly makes obtaining preferences contingent upon romantic or sexual favors. This policy, consequently, is intended to: (1) establish a reporting structure to protect participants in these relationships from violations of College conflict of interest guidelines; and (2) provide direction concerning how to terminate evaluative responsibilities between the two parties in the reported relationship.
There is a conflict of interest when a direct evaluative relationship exists between two employees or between an employee and a student. In such circumstances, the following procedures will be used to resolve the conflict of interest:
The Board of Regents requires that each institution within the University System of Georgia “establish a reporting process such that any person who believes that a faculty member, administrator, graduate assistant or other employee is involved in a consensual amorous relationship with a person under his/her direct authority or supervision will have an avenue for reporting the perceived relationship.” At the College of Coastal Georgia, the following reporting process will be followed:
Any individual who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action commensurate with the offense. The College will take appropriate administrative and/or disciplinary action when disruptive conduct, job performance problems, or actions that reflect poorly on the College result from amorous relationships.
Consensual amorous relationships that are terminated by one party to the objection of the other may also lead to separate claims of sexual harassment. In such cases, the matter will be referred to the College’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer and pursued appropriately.
It is important to avoid conflict of interests resulting from amorous relationships; it is equally important to recognize that malicious accusations of inappropriate amorous relationships have the potential to severely damage a person´s career and reputation. Therefore, the College prohibits making knowingly false accusations that an unreported amorous relationship exists or existed between two parties now in a position to evaluate each other.
The Responsibilities each party has in connection with this policy are:
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