Consensual Relationships Policy Announced

UB Seal on Crosby Hall.

Published November 18, 2020

The Consensual Relationships Policy, approved and signed by President Tripathi, is available in the University Policy Library



The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring that our students, faculty, and staff can learn and work in an environment that is free from nepotism, harassment, exploitation, and conflicts of interest. UB is also committed to promoting fairness in grading, evaluation, and career opportunities. In order to achieve this, it is vital that all university personnel maintain professional boundaries with students, and with employees over whom there is or will be a supervisory relationship.


This policy governs faculty, professional staff, or other university personnel, whether employed full-time, part-time, or in volunteer status, whether or not they receive monetary compensation. This policy does not apply to undergraduate or graduate student employees on the student assistant or College Work-Study payroll; it does apply to graduate students with appointments as graduate assistants, research assistants, or teaching assistants in their teaching or supervisory roles. Conflicts of interest and limitations on supervisory relationships by student employees may be covered separately by the Code of Conduct or other policy.


Questions can be directed to Christopher Putrino in the Office of Employee Relations at