Dankprofessor’s Weblog

A weblog examining sexual politics in higher education and beyond.

FGCU faculty member speaks out

Charles Lindsey, FCGU faculty member and President of the Academic Senate, speaks out against the hysteria being generated at Florida Gulf Coast University regarding student professor sexual relationships. 

Well, in the dankprofessor’s terms he sort of speaks out condemning those who want to have blanket bans but not confronting the banning of student prof relationships where there is a supervisory component.  He fails to grasp that such consensual relationships should not be subject to the power abuse of the university administration and are not inrinsically “good” or “bad”.

The banning of student prof relationships because they supposedly lead to prejudicial grading functions as a smoke screen which functions to cover up widespread prejudicial grading at almost all universities.  The probability is overwhelming that at FGCU and at almost all universities there have never been workshops on prejudicial grading- how to avoid said grading and what to do about it.

The dankprofessor holds that the so-called problem of student prof sex is miniscule as compared to the problem of prejudicial grading.  Unfortunately, as usual, sex trumps just about everything else.

September 7, 2009 - Posted by | consensual relationships, Florida Gulf Coast University, higher education, sex, sexual politics, student professor dating, Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. The Dankprofessor wrote: “He fails to grasp that such consensual relationships should not be subject to the power abuse of the university administration and are not inrinsically [sic] ‘good’ or ‘bad’.”

    I grasp the argument just fine, I simply don’t agree with it. Restrictions on relationships between people when one exercises supervisory authority over another are not automatically “power abuse”.

    Your argument seems to be that since we cannot stamp out all forms of prejudicial grading, we should remain silent about this one. I don’t agree with that either (if I am misrepresenting your position, feel free to correct me). Faculty have an obligation to be fair and objective in grading students, and to be perceived as fair and objective as much as we can manage it. Having relationships with one’s current students is highly damaging to this perception–ask any of the other students in the class–and the university has a legitimate interest in preventing such damage, since it ultimately impacts the reputation of the entire institution.

    If you know where I can get information about workshops on prejudicial grading, I would be interested in looking into it.

    Comment by Chuck Lindsey | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. […] Professor Charles Lindsey of the Florida Gulf Coast University has responded to my critical post in his recent commentary on the issue of the regulation of student professor sexual relationships and the regulation of […]

    Pingback by Sex and grading « Dankprofessor’s Weblog | September 8, 2009 | Reply


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