"We view this kind of relationship as inappropriate," said James Bryan, Dean of Students at Manhattanville College.
"While it isn't specifically addressed in our regulations, I do think that we would find a faculty-student relationship ruled out tacitly by our other policies, particularly with respect to sexual harassment and notions of professional conduct," he said.
Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship.
If that's the case at your institution, know that the answer to your dating question lies in the faculty and/or student handbook.
But thanks to a combination of government interference and changes in the wider culture, this one-time bastion for traditionally-minded women has fallen. I used to date a teacher so I got to attend lots of parties with her coworkers.
What surprised me was the number of teachers who had been married two or three times. A female teacher gets married, but then cheats on her husband with a male teacher.
This relationship vests considerable trust in the teacher, who, in turn, bears authority and accountability as a mentor, educator, and evaluator.
Teachers got the summers off so that a woman who was a teacher could still take care of her children when they were out of school.
Given the many rules on colleges about relationships between teachers and students, this can be a bit tricky.
But, if you play your cards right during the semester, you can get your professor interested, learn a little more about him or her, and start a relationship with an educated professional.
She is an 18-year-old freshman, starry eyed and entranced by her teacher's apparent brilliance and sensitivity. Faculty members at the University of Virginia recently voted to prohibit sexual relationships between professors and the students they supervise.
Are they two consenting adults in love, or is it sexual harassment and exploitation?