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“Forbidding relationships between students and faculty members who don’t even have a significant academic relationship with one another? That seems awfully paternalistic. We are talking about legal adults, remember. Students will inevitably encounter power imbalances—rooted in differences in age, financial status and so on—in their personal lives. I fail to see how it’s any of the university’s business unless the relationship—‘damaging’ or not—has a direct impact on a student’s academic life.”

—Tracy Clark-Flory in Salon’s Broadsheet blog on April 6, responding to the news that Yale has banned sexual relationships between faculty members and undergraduates.

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