Dankprofessor’s Weblog

A weblog examining sexual politics in higher education and beyond.

Sexual messiness and Louisiana Tech

 Turns out that Louisiana Tech has no formal regulations regarding student professor relationships.  Good for Louisiana Tech.  No institutionalized snoopers and no sexual policing by university administrators.  But, of course,not everyone is happy with this laissez policy as indicated in this  publication

 Student-professor relationships are notoriously messy affairs on college campuses, potentially compromising the classroom interactions between the professor and his students or leaving a professor vulnerable to sexual harassment charges. the lack of any written policy discouraging such actions has student opinion split.

 Notoriously messy?  Is such really the case?  In my pedestrian life as a professor, I do not recollect ever having a notoriously messy relationship with a student.  I can’t even recall a highly messy relationship.  I can’t even recall any of my colleagues sexual relationships with students as being notoriously messy.  At least in my case, maybe this messiness did not occur because the relationships occurred in the context of mutual love and respect.

But, of course, consenting adults have the right to engage in relationships, messy or not messy.  Maybe a little messiness makes the relationship a bit more interesting.  After all, if there was no initial messing around nothing would have gotten off the ground.

March 9, 2010 - Posted by | consensual relationships, higher education, Louisiana Tech, sex, sexual politics, student professor dating


  1. Very well put, Dankprofessor!
    Of course, it is the responsibility of both partners, in any relationship, to respect each other mutually. That would mean no coercion applied, which the Sexual Harassment Policy would promptly address, and rightfully so, if that existed. Also, the professor should be 100% fair to ALL his/her students!
    I’m sure there are “politically correct” people who will misunderstand your last paragraph. It’s too bad that those individuals can’t see the trees for the forest!
    Cheers for Louisiana Tech, and may other colleges follow their positive approach!

    Comment by Donald Visconti | April 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Life in general and the realm of love are inherently “messy.” It’s just another example of “big brother” bureaucracy intruding in. Remember that in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four” there was a Ministry of Love that determined who a citizen could have sex with, and transgressions were punished harshly. I’m not saying universities are dystopian playgrounds, but there are parallels. The logic behind the policies are similar, but the protection from harm is at different levels in these two situations.

    Comment by Nadya | April 23, 2010 | Reply

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