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We all know that politics play a role in one's success in a department.

If one is maintaining a mentor-apprentice relationship (teacher-student, or advisor-mentee) and romantic relationship with the same person, it is difficult to determine whether certain actions (benefiting or detrimental to the apprentice or mentor) are biased due to emotion. Relationships may sometimes be allowed between former students and faculty by the letter, but I cannot think of when it would be advisable for a faculty member to have a relationship with a student. If the student is really going to be the love of your life, you can wait until they're graduated to start a relationship.

If this issue is relevant to your life, then you need to figure out which rules apply.

Accordingly, no individual shall initiate or participate in institutional decisions involving a direct benefit or penalty (employment, retention, promotion, tenure, salary, leave of absence, etc.) to a person with whom that individual has or has had a sexual relationship.

If they two are of the same field, things can get a bit delicate.

Speculation of an improper relationship alone can be devastating to one's reputation even if unfounded.

You could have a secret relationship, but it's wise to avoid awkward or troublesome secrets in your professional life (and all the problems of a known relationship will be magnified if you are discovered in a secret relationship).

On the other hand, if other people in your department are aware of your romantic involvement, then it is almost certain to lead to complications.

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