Posted by: JG | Dec 22, 2014 PM Yes, we'll just pass rules and regulations to cover all aspects of adult sexual relationships in law schools. And if the unthinkable should happen and they are violated?Well, we'll hold hearings and ensure that these sex criminals are punished for the temerity to have illicit orgasms about which we can only express the sternest disapproval.As a result, multiple roles of teacher-therapist and student-client were very common and often unavoidable in such training institutions and programs.This seems to have changed in the last couple of decades where more training institutions clearly separated the therapist/analysts role from the instructor/teacher role.Whether or not students are adults, in all of their interactions with professors -- the people who will be grading them and responsible, in non-trivial ways, for their professional life course -- it should be crystal clear to all involved what is on the table and what is not.
Amy Mc Elhenney, age 25, was arrested on May 25 for allegedly having sex with one of her male students at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas.
The issues of sexual relationships between faculty and students in training institutions and graduate and post-graduate programs has also been a major concern in recent decades.
As noted below, most professional associations' code of ethics clearly state that sexual relationships between teacher/instructor and current students are unethical.
Teachers have power over students, which undercuts the notion that consent can be given freely; we control their lives, which means it's not fair to the individual student, or to the other students in the class; it's an abuse of the teacher's power, and compromises both the real and perceived fairness of that student's grades and of any overall curve in the class. Obviously, the younger the student, the worse the injury, but abuse of power is about power, not age.
Besides, for purposes of their relationships with teachers, high school seniors, even if they are 18, are still kids, as the legislature clearly concluded, and prosecutors are not free to second guess them. Because there I was, all by myself, in arguing that Mc Elhenney should be subject to felony charges.