Boundary Issues in Academia: Student Perceptions of Faculty - Student Boundary Crossings

TitleBoundary Issues in Academia: Student Perceptions of Faculty - Student Boundary Crossings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsOwen, PR, Zwahr-Castro, J
JournalEthics & Behavior
Volume17
Issue2
Pagination117-129
Date Published06/2007
ISSN Number1050-8422
AbstractBoundary crossings in academia are rarely addressed by university policy despite the risk of problematic or unethical faculty—student interactions. This study contributes to an understanding of undergraduate college student perceptions of appropriateness of faculty—student nonsexual interactions by investigating the influence of gender and ethnicity on student judgments of the appropriateness of numerous hypothetical interactions. Overall, students deemed the majority of interactions as inappropriate. Female students judged a number of interactions as more inappropriate than did male students, and with a few exceptions, Mexican American and Anglo American students were similar in their ratings of the appropriateness of faculty—student interactions. These findings suggest that universities need to be proactive in establishing guidelines concerning faculty-student boundary crossings.
NotesAccessed through the Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse
URLhttp://www.ethicslibrary.org/resources/195/
DOI10.1080/10508420701378065
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