Washington and Lee University encourages the development of collegial and professional relationships among all members of the University community and is committed to a learning and work environment of civility and respect.Romantic and/or sexual attention, interaction, or relationships between certain categories of individuals at the University undermine the fundamental educational purpose of the institution and disrupt the workplace and learning environment.W&L has no intent to intrude in the personal lives of its employees except to the extent that they may negatively affect other community members and the mission of the institution.This policy applies to all faculty, administrators, and staff employees of Washington and Lee University.Nothing in this policy replaces the University policies on prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, the University Nepotism policy, or other University policies that may be triggered by conduct or relationships covered by this policy.
The intent of this policy is to promote the treatment of each member of the University community with dignity and respect.
This policy should reserve the employer’s right to make employment decisions, including transferring or changing lines of communication, Zoller says.
“By doing so, the employer can avoid conflicts of interest that may affect the workplace and other employees and compromise the employer’s own legitimate business interests,” she says.
Some romantic, dating or sexual relationships, while consensual, create conflicts of interests.
This policy addresses those consensual relationships. This policy applies to all University administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
This policy will set restrictions to maintain workplace conduct and order.