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Policy on Relationships

Issued by:   Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
Replaces:   March, 2008
Approved:   April, 2015


Policy Statement

Stony Brook University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is guided by mutual respect, trust, professionalism, and ethics. With this in mind, it is in the best interests of our community to provide a clear statement about the prohibition of romantic and/or sexual relationships where an apparent or inherent power imbalance exists between the parties.


It is the policy of Stony Brook University that employees in supervisory or instructional positions shall not engage in or pursue a romantic and/or sexual relationships with any subordinates, including but not limited to, trainees, interns, students, or others within their sphere of influence. Examples of such prohibited relationships might include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervisor and direct or indirect subordinate
  • Employee/faculty member and student within the employee/faculty member's sphere of influence
  • Faculty/instructor and resident/medical/dental student within the employee/faculty member's sphere of influence
  • adviser/mentor and student/intern
  • Professional staff member of Campus Residences and Resident Assistant (RA) or residential student
  • Coaching staff and student-athlete



An administrative head of a department, program or unit who obtains information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that such a relationship exists, as identified above, should report the behavior to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.



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