University Policy Office

1.03—Consensual Relations

Effective:  05/19/2003
Senate Proposal: yes
Responsible University Officer: Vice President for Administration
Responsible Office: Human Resources

Policy Statement

The following sections are from Senate Proposal 22-02, which became University policy on May 19, 2003. The Senate proposal as approved is available through the Senate Office, the University archives, or the Senate website.

General Policy

Employees of Michigan Technological University are generally prohibited from initiating or participating in evaluations and decisions related to any aspect of the employment or education of a person with whom they have had or have developed a consensual relationship of a romantic or sexual nature, including spousal relationships. If they become involved in such a consensual relationship, instructing or supervising employees must disclose the circumstances to their unit supervisor. The unit supervisor or other appropriate supervisor will oversee all evaluation and decision-making regarding the person with whom the employee has the relationship. Confidentiality regarding relationships will be maintained in so far as possible.

Information Regarding Consent

The foregoing policy applies only to consensual relationships. Relationships that are not consensual are addressed by the University's policy on sexual harassment, among other policies. The legal age of consent in Michigan is 16. Above that age, vulnerability may be a factor in determining whether or not consent in a relationship has been given. According to the Michigan Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter XVII, Part 4, Section 777.40, exploitation occurs when "the offender exploited a victim's physical disability, mental disability, youth or agedness, or a domestic relationship, or the offender abused his or her authority status. Abuse of authority status means a victim was exploited out of fear or deference to an authority figure, including, but not limited to, a parent, physician, or teacher".


Office/Unit Name Telephone Number
Human Resources 7-2280

Adoption Date

05/19/2003 Approved by president


04/10/2017 Transfer of policy page from HTML to CMS. General Policy numbers renamed from "2.1000" to "1.00 General University". Specifically from "2.1003—Consensual Relations" to "1.03—Consensual Relations".
03/28/2012 To reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
04/09/2003 University Senate passed Proposal 22-02