Even when both parties have consented to the relationship, there may
be perceptions of conflicts of interest or unfair treatment of others.
Such perceptions undermine the atmosphere of trust essential to the
educational process or the employment relationship. Under such circumstances,
the person in the position of supervision or academic responsibility
must report the relationship to his or her immediate supervisor. Once
the consensual relationship is reported, the immediate supervisor is
responsible for eliminating or mitigating the conflict of interest to
the fullest feasible extent and ensuring that fair and objective processes
are in place for decisions relative to grading, thesis advice, evaluations,
recommendations, promotions, salary increases or performance evaluations.
The new supervisory or academic arrangement should be documented.
All inquiries are confidential.
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