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Consensual Amorous Relationships


The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming and supportive work and learning atmosphere for its faculty, employees, residents, fellows and students. Relationships between members of the UMMS community should adhere to the highest standards of ethical and legal conduct, without exploitation of relationships for personal gain or personal interest. As well, UMMS strives to promote an environment where all work/academic decisions are made professionally and fairly, unencumbered by the potential effects of personal relationships.
In any work or academic setting, consensual amorous relationships may develop. There are certain potential risks inherent in a workplace romantic relationship between individuals who may be in unequal positions within the institution, including but not limited to those such as a supervisor/employee or a faculty member/learner. Such unequal relationships may compromise or be perceived as compromising the fairness and impartiality of a supervisor’s/faculty member’s conduct toward the subordinate or to others in subordinate positions.
Given the power imbalance between such two individuals, it may be the relationship is far less voluntary for the subordinate than it appears to the supervisory individual. Also, circumstances in the relationship may change over time, and conduct that was previously welcomed by the subordinate party may in fact become unwanted and unwelcome.
For purposes of these guidelines, the term “consensual amorous relationships” covers existing marriages and/or domestic partnerships, in addition to relationships that may develop. The following guidelines apply to UMMS employees and students, where “employees” refers to faculty, staff, residents, fellows and post-doctoral students/fellows, and “students” refers to students enrolled in any of UMMS’ Schools.

Full Guidelines: Consensual Amorous Relationships Guidelines FINAL03072018.pdf