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The policy approved by the faculty senate will broaden the ban to include any students whom an instructor can "reasonably be expected" to have academic or employment authority over.
This could apply to entire departments or schools within the university. The revision now goes to ASU's legal counsel for review and then to the administration for approval.
The faculty senate should be commended for taking steps to strengthen those policies to ensure that faculty members and lecturers have only professional relationships with students."Stephen Montoya, a Phoenix attorney who represented Kunzi in her lawsuit,called the revision a step in the right direction.But there's a huge imbalance of power that comes into play in a student-professor relationship, Dziech said.The student may get advantages not available to other students, such as better grades or recommendations for jobs or internships.Pratt denied having an amorous relationship with the unnamed student, according to university documents.Kunzi's federal lawsuit was settled out of court with Pratt, shortly after she asked the court to dismiss the regents and another party.