Teacher dating student after graduation
Sometimes they publish papers with their former students as coauthors, based on work they previously did together.Further, if "student" means that this student completed a thesis under OP's direction (and not just took a class from OP), then this relationship is a lifelong one.The professor-student relationship does not end when the course ends, and indeed might not end a year later.Professors are asked to write letters of recommendation for former students.But that doesn't mean it would be unethical for me to date her, which is what you implied in your answer. Would it be a sensible expectation that a college professor should be required to seek a mate from among the less educated, or from a remote town?When I signed up to be a college professor, I never agreed to limit my long-term life options in such a way.It seems clear that in this situation the best solution is simply not to write letters for someone you have dated.If you taught that person one course, that really should not be a problem.
The love of your life might be worth more to you than a idle few dates.(That said, personally I think the important issue here is that most people in a position to judge this kind of thing, don't judge this unethical, rather than the issue that even if they do it needn't matter.
@kimball - I think it's relevant, as it shows there's a potential less-formal link between the two.
ie there could be more to the relationship than strict "Professor-Student" ties. I don't see a moral issue (IF the power unbalance is now gone - @vadim123's answer below is good), but thought I'd relate this: in my old school, a male teacher had a fling with a female student while she was still a student, and it was frowned upon but nothing more.
Once I am done with the short-term scenario where I have influence over a person, such an expectation would impose notable cost/harm without really providing significant benefit. Just because it seems unfair to you not to do it doesn't mean its ethical to do it.
There are many situations in life where one has to step back and put ethics above the personal [email protected] : There's a difference between morality (right/wrong) and ethics (which has more to do with the expectations of society/culture).