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Nationwide, only about 18 percent of workplaces have a written dating policy, according to the Society of Human Resource Management.

Nationwide, only about 18 percent of workplaces have a written dating policy, according to the Society of Human Resource Management. And while many universities follow the trend, dating a student can still mean a very public end to a professor’s career.

But what about graduate assistants and graduate student teachers? That’s a trickier issue.

“If that grad student is teaching or assisting a classroom, that constitutes a dual relationship — and there are always some difficult conflicts in that kind of relationship,” says Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman, author of “Dating From the Inside Out.” “Clearly, in most situations, there’s pros and cons. But it’s very common to ignore the cons in situations like these.”

Some schools with dating policies have caveats to include not only tenured professors, but any person assisting with or leading a classroom.

“I think the most important thing is simply to talk about it with the person: ‘Are you going to get fired? Can this be a healthy relationship?’” advises Sherman.

 
 
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