The recent decision of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal in the case of Fariba Mahmoodi, a student who accused her professor of sexual harassment, has once again focussed attention on a controversial issue. Mahmoodi complained to the tribunal that Donald Dutton, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, and UBC as his employer, had sexually harassed her.
UGA officials released the findings of a 2012 complaint against Suplita under an open records request from the Athens Banner-Herald.
Sexual relationships between students and faculty are fraught with peril.
Although all of us have personal examples of a faculty member who married a student and lived happily ever after, many, if not most, of these relationships have a very short shelf life.
The teaching assistant sided with Suplita in a letter she wrote to EOO officials.
She is not supervised by Suplita as a student, and another psychology professor, not Suplita, supervised her and other teaching assistants, she said. 15 letter that Suplita “engaged in a prohibited consensual relationship with your graduate teaching assistant,” and announced it publicly on Facebook before the summer term ended.“The University prohibits all faculty and staff, including graduate assistants, from pursuing or engaging in dating or sexual relationships with students whom they currently supervise, teacher, or have authority over.”“I find that based on the preponderance of evidence you did violate the NDAH (Non-Discrimination and Ant-Harassment) Policy by pursuing or engaging in a dating or sexual relationship with your assigned teaching assistant ...