It has unique properties that only occur, or occur most frequently, in a campus setting.
Such phenomena as hooking up and lavaliering are widely prominent among university and college students.
Some say that the unequal power in a relationship between a student and a faculty member -- particularly one who is in a position to grade or make recommendations about the student he or she is dating -- is inherently exploitative.
I’ve hooked up with two, both married, but the first one told me he and his wife had an open marriage.
A Gray Area Representatives from the State University of New York at Purchase, Marymount College, Sarah Lawrence College, Pace University, Westchester Community College, Iona College and Mercy College also said that such relationships were discouraged by the administration though not specifically addressed in college policies.
But administrators, professors and students alike say that the issue of faculty-student dating is a complex one.
They also said she created a "chilling effect" on students' ability to report sexual misconduct.
Hooking up is a world wide phenomenon that involves two individuals having a sexual encounter without interest in commitment.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
A more stringent regulation, which would have banned romance between all professors and undergraduates, was voted down.
A survey of Westchester colleges and universities revealed that no formal policies addressing faculty-student dating are in place, but many schools said that a prohibition against such relationships is implicit in other policies regulating professional conduct.