Top university bans ‘intimate’ staff-student relationships

The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has announced a new policy that bans “intimate or close personal relationships” between students and staff, writes Robert Folker for the Oxford Mail.

Tutors or lecturers who have any responsibility for a student will face losing their job if they break the new policy that comes into force in April. Under the new policy, staff will also be “strongly discouraged” from making any other close personal relationship with students that “transgresses the boundaries of professional conduct”.

Oxford follows a number of other universities that have banned relationships between staff and students, including University College London and the University of Nottingham. This comes as regulator the Office for Students works on its own regulations for staff-student relationships, launching a consultation on regulating harassment and sexual misconduct in English higher education.
Full report on the Oxford Mail site