IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 12, December 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Nelson M. Ishengoma
A major concern often overshadowing universities during the past three decades has been dealing with issues surrounding sexual harassment. Generally, universities have developed policies that sanction “unwanted sexual attention” and that prohibit working and, increasingly, learning environments which are held to be “hostile” to women. During this same period, a literature has emerged which has called on universities to expand the definition of sexual harassment to include a ban on intimate relationships between students and academic staff. It is against this backdrop where the apprehension of this paper is anchored. This paper which capitalises on a methodical analysis and review of secondary proceedings critiques the intellectual underpinnings of the banning movement and explores the underlying psychosocial dynamics which have propelled the movement forward. It contends that, the ban undermines students’ self-determination and actualisation, and that; the right to form adult consensual intimate relationship is a fundamental personal freedom which must be honored and protected so long as each party does not fall a victim or compromise the responsibilities bestowed to each.