Question: Is it a crime for a professor to date a student?

An improper relationship with a student can result in a criminal conviction, imprisonment and financial penalties. Even if the relationship is consensual, an improper sexual act between teacher and student is illegal. Are you being charged with an improper sexual relationship?

Can a professor legally date a student?

Despite the legal definition of an adult as someone “18 and older,” state courts have held that sexual relationships between students and teachers are against the law. In April 2012, California lawmakers rejected Assembly Bill 1861, a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students.

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