HT: Will Wilkinson
Will aptly calls it “a subsidy to male Yale undergrads.”
An imbalance of power forms the rationale for treating Yale College students differently from their older counterparts. Undergrads, the revised handbook says, “are particularly vulnerable to the unequal institutional power inherent in the teacher-student relationship and the potential for coercion, because of their age and relative lack of maturity.”
If Yale wanted to ban relationships between any type of professor and any type of student, I’d be OK with it. But this particular policy is somewhat ageist and condescending. Yale isn’t trying to avoid conflicts of interest so much as trying to tell consenting adults what sexual choices they can and can’t make.