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P208: Policy on Relationships

Issued by:
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
March 2008
April 2018


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
  • Advisor/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.


For information related to this policy, one of the following offices may be contacted:

Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity

Administration Building, Room 201

(631) 63 2-6280

Human Resource Services

  • West Campus

    Administration Building, Room 320

    (631) 63 2-6140

  • Stony Brook Medicine

    HSC Level 3, Room 040

    (631) 44 4-8617

Employee and Labor Relations

  • West Campus and HSC

    Administration Building, Room 291

    (631) 632-6140

  • Stony Brook Medicine

    HSC Level 3, Room 040

    (631) 444-3780

  • Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH)

    100 Patriots Road

    (631) 444-8617