Grad student dating professor
I was naïve enough to be a bit shocked that girls my age would talk that way about such an exalted figure.And I felt a little sheepish, too, since I’d secretly been thinking the same thing myself.The teaching assistant sided with Suplita in a letter she wrote to EOO officials.She is not supervised by Suplita as a student, and another psychology professor, not Suplita, supervised her and other teaching assistants, she said. 15 letter that Suplita “engaged in a prohibited consensual relationship with your graduate teaching assistant,” and announced it publicly on Facebook before the summer term ended.“The University prohibits all faculty and staff, including graduate assistants, from pursuing or engaging in dating or sexual relationships with students whom they currently supervise, teacher, or have authority over.”“I find that based on the preponderance of evidence you did violate the NDAH (Non-Discrimination and Ant-Harassment) Policy by pursuing or engaging in a dating or sexual relationship with your assigned teaching assistant ...My fellow students and I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at our prof if we’d met him at the bus stop or waiting in line at the campus café; he was at least 35—maybe even 40!Like many young women, however, we were far from immune to the mystique of a man who can command the admiring attention of a crowd, and if he was like most men, he was sensible to the flattery of all those rapt faces.Another student in the class reported the relationship to the EOO Office.
“I would then ask questions about his life and what he wanted to do after school, what the tattoo on his wrist meant, etc.,” she says.
The school assigned her clerical work, instead of research, and she found it difficult to complete her Ph. The harassment and retaliation forced her to withdraw from the doctoral program, she said.
The professor, Travis Pratt, denied the lawsuit's allegations, as did the Arizona Board of Regents and another party.
Yet at the root of this queasy dynamic was genuine intellectual excitement.
His class set off a series of firecrackers in my understanding of books, ideas whose impact I can still recollect vividly.