A survey of Westchester colleges and universities revealed that no formal policies addressing faculty-student dating are in place, but many schools said that a prohibition against such relationships is implicit in other policies regulating professional conduct.

On the other hand, I don’t have the pleasure of campaigning, and I may have a greater obligation for my speeches (lectures) actually to mean something….

Exploring the complexities of professional relationships is one arena in which mixed metaphors are good; even my commentator started to combine the “customer” and “boss” models.

When we go to a physician, for example, we’re not buying health as much as we’re buying expert services that we can use in pursuit of our own health.

For twenty years, ever since I did a fellowship in Washington, DC, I’ve considered the "congressperson-constituent" metaphor.

The discussion helps students (according to what they tell me afterwards) articulate more precisely the dimensions of the relationships we're studying.

I think my boss-employee metaphor works reasonably well to help freshmen understand some of the differences between high school and college.Last month I wrote a post called, “When Students Request Excused Absences for Work-Related Issues.” This was a follow-up to my “Open Letter to College Freshmen,” in which I made the point that college is students’ first professional position, and that the professor’s role is similar to that of an employer.I made the point that if students want to advance in their careers they need to learn the “job” of "college student," which means showing up for work (class), learning what’s expected, taking initiative, etc.But administrators, professors and students alike say that the issue of faculty-student dating is a complex one.Some say that the unequal power in a relationship between a student and a faculty member -- particularly one who is in a position to grade or make recommendations about the student he or she is dating -- is inherently exploitative.I received a very intriguing anonymous response to this idea: The one thing I don't understand about college teachers is if I'm PAYING for this class, doesn't that make me your customer, not you my boss?