Policies on workplace dating
If questions or concerns arise regarding potential harassment or discrimination, the employee should contact the EAD.This policy is intended as a guideline to assist in the consistent application of University policies and programs for employees.These relationships, even if consensual, may ultimately result in conflict or difficulties in the workplace.
This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.
Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.
(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.
Violations of this policy by an employee is grounds for the Performance Management process, up to and including discharge.
Consensual sexual relationships between a student and an employee who is not in a position to exercise direct power or authority over that student may also be inappropriate.
In some cases, a concern over conflict of interest may arise involving other close relatives - such as aunts, uncles, cousins, or relatives by marriage.