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Romance in the Ivory Tower: The Rights and Liberty of Conscience


reviewed by Sheila L. Cavanagh May 30, 2008

coverTitle: Romance in the Ivory Tower: The Rights and Liberty of Conscience
Author(s): Paul R. Abramson
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262012375, Pages: 176, Year: 2007
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Romance in the Ivory Tower: The rights and liberty of conscience by Paul R. Abramson challenges policies banning sexual relationships between faculty and students on American college campuses. By making important distinctions between sexual harassment (unwanted sexual contact) and consenting sex between adults, Abramson troubles the way ‘romance’ in the Ivory Tower is subject to prohibition by appeals to academic integrity. Policies restricting sex between professor and undergraduate are, as he contends, more about curtailing civil liability in sexual harassment lawsuits, than professionalism and student welfare.   The rules adopted by the University of California (a comparatively liberal and progressive institution) are a case in point. The policy restricting sex between faculty and student emerged after a well-publicized sexual assault case in which a male professor attacked a female undergraduate. The University of California now bans sex between faculty and students where there is, or may in the future be, a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15263, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:19:29 PM

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