The interaction between faculty and students is critical to the mission of Southwestern Christian University. Such interactions are guided by the principles of mutual trust, respect, confidence, and professional and Christian ethics. Actions of faculty members that appear to undermine these principles will be considered unprofessional, unethical and conduct unbecoming of a Christian educator. Such actions and interactions, prohibited by this policy, are: inappropriate fraternizing or socializing with students, which blurs the sacred divide between faculty and students; inappropriate personal relationships with students; amorous or sexual relationships with students; and consensual sexual relationships between faculty and students of any kind.
Since faculty members are mentors, role-models, intellectual and spiritual guides, advisors and counselors, interactions between faculty and students are necessary and encouraged during curricular or extracurricular activities, however, faculty members are encouraged to avoid compromising situations and implement appropriate guidelines in their daily conduct and interaction with students such as leaving classroom or office doors open during meetings or counseling sessions with individual students.
For the purpose of this policy, terms “faculty member” and “student” mean full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members, i.e., those who teach at the university in any capacity, and full-time, part-time or concurrently enrolled students, respectively.
Non-compliance with this policy is cause for disciplinary action and may result in termination.
Drafted on: Source: 2014-2015 Faculty Handbook, section 7.03