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Conflicts of Interest

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Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities

Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Academic Supervision and Evaluation

1. Where a member of the academic staff or a teaching assistant and a student are in a close personal relationship such that there is, or may be perceived to be, a conflict of interest or possible favouritism, then the staff member or teaching assistant shall decline or terminate a supervisory or evaluative role with respect to that student, and, where necessary, make appropriate alternative arrangements for the supervision and evaluation of the student’s work.

2. For the purposes of this chapter, a close personal relationship shall include spouses, parent and child, siblings, and consensual amorous relationships.

3. The alternative arrangements for supervision and evaluation shall be made in confidence and shall not prejudice the status of the student, staff member or teaching assistant.

4. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as condoning consensual amorous relationships between academic staff or teaching assistants and students.


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