Strengthen Geneseo’s Consensual Sexual and Amorous Relations policy

Strengthen Geneseo’s Consensual Sexual and Amorous Relations policy

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tori cooke started this petition to Geneseo Cabinet

SUNY administration recently asked all state schools to consider prohibiting all sexual and amorous relationships between staff or faculty and students. However, on February 19, 2019 Geneseo renewed its current Consensual Sexual and Amorous Relations policy.  


Geneseo’s current policy states: Sexual or amorous relationships between SUNY Geneseo faculty or staff members and students to whom such faculty or staff members have current professional responsibility are prohibited.  Sexual or amorous relationships between faculty or staff members and students to whom the faculty or staff members have no current professional responsibility are strongly discouraged.


We (alumni and parents of Geneseo students) request a total prohibition of sexual or amorous relationships between faculty or staff and students. Colleges have the responsibility to create safe learning environments for students. Therefore, students deserve the right to be protected from the undue influence of differential power imbalances. Such negative influences and power imbalances are possible with or without the existence of “professional responsibility” in academic settings.


Gaps in Geneseo’s Consensual Sexual and Amorous Relations policy has left students vulnerable in the past.  We want to make sure that students are safe in the future.

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