No dating policy
Unreported consensual relationships will be considered more severe violations of this policy.
*Retaliation against a person who reports a potential violation under this policy, assists someone with a report of a violation, or participates in any manner in an investigation or in the resolution of a complaint made under this policy is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The University of Texas at Austin ("University") is committed to maintaining an academic community (including associated teaching, research, working and athletic environments) free from conflicts of interest, favoritism, and exploitation.
This policy addresses romantic relationships and/or sexual interactions that, although consensual, may create actual and perceived conflicts of interests, and create the possibility for exploitation or favoritism.
Employees are working longer hours and have less time to socialize outside of work.
The exchange of ideas, shared creativity and the teamwork approach fostered in entrepreneur-based enterprises also promote closer connections and lasting relationships — sometimes romantic ones.
With this in mind, if the person in the consensual relationship who is in the position of greater authority or power appropriate University offices of the development of a consensual relationship covered by this policy and cooperates to mitigate the effects of the consensual relationship, then a conduct/discipline investigation may not be pursued.Retaliation includes, but is not limited to threats, intimidation, reprisals and/or adverse actions related to an individual's employment or education.The University will take appropriate steps to assure a person who in good faith reports, complains about, or participates in an investigation pursuant to this policy will not be subjected to retaliation.Sexual innuendos, jokes or inappropriate physical contact can also be considered harassment.
Many variables constitute the legal charge and while not every inappropriate behavior or gesture is intended as sexual harassment, the perception or ramification of the action could technically fit the claim.A written plan developed as provided in this policy that mitigates the conflict of interest and the potential for exploitation or the appearance of exploitation or favoritism created by the consensual relationship and which plan is acknowledged and signed by the parties involved.