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Hebrew University bans 'intimate relations'

world Updated: Sep 15, 2008 14:20 IST
Hebrew University bans 'intimate relations'

Rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, the Hebrew University here has banned 'intimate relations', including consensual sex between a teacher and student during the academic period.

"Intimate relations, including consensual sexual relations, between a student and teacher at a time when there is a relationship of academic authority between them constitutes a conflict of interest," the new clause in the university regulations read.

"It endangers the educational and professional training processes, creates an improper learning and public atmosphere, and is liable to lead to misuse of authority," it added.

The Standing Committee of the Senate of the university took the decision almost a month after Sociology and Anthropology Professor, Eyal Ben-Ari, was placed under house arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting at least 10 female doctoral students over the last decade.

In case of any kind of intimate relationship, the teacher is required to shun academic contact with the student or report immediately to his department superior so that he can act to end the educational relationship.

Violation of the procedures will constitute a disciplinary violation, the new rule says. The allegations stem from an anonymous letter sent by several female students to the university's administration stating that they had been raped and coerced into having sex with Ben-Ari, who had threatened to cut off their grant money if they refused.

The letter said that those women who refused to his demands were treated miserably and quickly dropped as advisees.