Consensual Relationship Policy

Consensual romantic, intimate and/or physical relationships between a manager and an employee or between employees and students at Madison Area Technical College (“Madison College”) may result in claims of sexual harassment, even when both parties appear to have consented to a romantic, intimate and/or physical relationship.

 

The power differential inherent in such relationships may compromise the subordinate’s free choice. When those in authority abuse or appear to abuse their power in a relationship, trust and respect in the Madison College community are diminished.

 

Due to potential for perceived or actual conflicts, such as favoritism, abuse of power, or personal conflicts from outside the work environment, which can be carried into the daily working relationship, students must follow this policy.

 

  • Employees must maintain professional relationships with students who have any responsibility over them, including, teaching, counseling, advising, coaching, or supervision. 
    • Even if both parties consent, or appear to have consented to a romantic, intimate, and/or physical relationship, it is prohibited.
  • Managers must maintain professional relationships with employees in their direct supervision and reporting chain. 
    • Even if both parties consent, or appear to have consented to a romantic, intimate and/or physical relationship, it is prohibited.

In all cases in which a romantic, intimate and/or physical relationship exists or develops, it is the obligation of the employee to disclose the relationship immediately to Human Resources to determine how to mitigate concerns of impropriety or conflict of interest. Students may file a complaint if they think a violation of this policy has occurred. Additionally, others who believe they are treated or evaluated unfairly because of such a relationship may also file a complaint.

Please go here to report a concern or complaint regarding the Consensual Relationship Policy.

 

College employees may refer to the Employee Handbook for further information.