"Whom you love is a deeply intimate choice that you should be free to make yourself without restrictions placed by your employer, as long as the relationship is consensual.
Four alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
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If a professor is romantically involved with a graduate student, a colleague can provide the evaluation and grade for this person, just as judges recuse themselves from hearing cases in which they may have a conflict of interest, Abramson said.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students.Many universities have policies prohibiting romantic relationships between professors and students. Abramson, a UCLA psychology professor who specializes in human sexuality and teaches about sex and the law, examines and challenges these policies. Is it comparable to our freedom of speech and freedom of religion, or is it something we give to institutions?"I want people to think about what is our personal sphere of autonomy," said Abramson, whose book, "Romance in the Ivory Tower," will be published this month. "My answer is that for consenting adults, this is clearly within the sphere of our personal autonomy," he said.To cut out that possibility, universities prohibit the relationship in the first place." Before you have surgery, you sign a release form saying you are aware of the risks and you waive your rights to hold the surgeon and hospital at fault, Abramson noted.He advocates a similar "love release," which faculty and students would read and sign and which protects the university while allowing people to make romantic choices based on conscience.To protect free speech, he said, we allow speech that is disagreeable and offensive.