Professor student dating relationships
Last year, Pratt was dismissed on Valentine's Day after an alleged incident with another student.
ASU's policy required him to disclose the relationship and immediately remove himself from a position of academic authority over the student.
He kept telephoning and texting her, according to the suit.
He told colleagues in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice about the relationship.
On Monday, ASU's University Senate, which represents the faculty, voted on a proposal that will be more restrictive than the current policy, which now prohibits faculty from dating students in their classes or students they supervise or evaluate.
But there's a huge imbalance of power that comes into play in a student-professor relationship, Dziech said.
The student may get advantages not available to other students, such as better grades or recommendations for jobs or internships.
The senate debated and asked questions for about 40 minutes before voting on the revision. The senate believes a ban on all faculty-student relationships would be too restrictive and difficult to enforce. But it does warn faculty that, "such relationships should therefore be avoided."ASU, in a statement, said the university's policies regarding faculty-staff relationships are "inadequate as written.
The faculty senate should be commended for taking steps to strengthen those policies to ensure that faculty members and lecturers have only professional relationships with students."Stephen Montoya, a Phoenix attorney who represented Kunzi in her lawsuit,called the revision a step in the right direction.Pratt denied having an amorous relationship with the unnamed student, according to university documents.