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Students, all students, must be off-limits as romantic partners for professors and administrators in universities, regardless of what rules are in place.
Professors who date students risk their jobs because a student body is not their sexual smorgasbord, and it is a breach of trust and duty to treat it like one.
Breaking those rules could jeopardize the professor's job and the student's status.
If you're at an institution where there aren't official rules about dating, there are most likely some guidelines or unofficial community expectations. Is it OK to date a professor, so long as you're not in one of his or her classes?
Additionally, other students may perceive a student dating a professor as having an unfair advantage.
If you're dating a professor whose classes you take, students may think you're getting special treatment or grades you haven't earned, no matter if you actually are.
A professor is in a position of authority over a student, whether or not he or she is that student's teacher or supervisor, which makes any dating arrangement tricky at best.
Ultimately, if the two are consenting adults (there's no scenario where it's OK for a high school teacher to date a current student), there's not much anyone can do to prevent them from pursuing a romantic relationship. Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship.
If that's the case at your institution, know that the answer to your dating question lies in the faculty and/or student handbook.
But why is it such a big deal when a prof becomes involved with a student who will never be his student again?
Especially if they are both single and in and around the same age? I like my professor (used to be professor ) a lot, and I get the feeling he likes me.
In Pennsylvania, school attendance is compulsory and thus parents are mandated to entrust their children to our education system.