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Should universities ban teacher-student relations?

( Updated: 2015-03-17 07:23

Editor's Note: A university in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu province, recently banned romantic relations between its teaching staff and students. Is it reasonable?

Towanda (China)

I think the problem lies in the question of whether a university has the authority to ban two adults from falling in love with each other. The vast majority of undergrads are over the age of consent—some by as many as five or six years. It is said that Huang Lei, a Chinese actor, fell in love with his Sun Li, also a movie star, at the first sight when Huang, who was a teaching assistant at the Beijing Film Academy met Sun, who was a candidate attending the preliminary test. After Sun enrolled, Huang started dating Sun and their relationship lasted nine years before they tied the knot.

Should universities ban teacher-student relations?

Chinese actor Huang Lei (R) and Chinese actress Sun Li pose with their daughter during the opening ceremony of Barbie Shanghai flagship in Shanghai, China, March 6, 2009. [Photo/IC]

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