To cut out that possibility, universities prohibit the relationship in the first place." Before you have surgery, you sign a release form saying you are aware of the risks and you waive your rights to hold the surgeon and hospital at fault, Abramson noted.

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To protect free speech, he said, we allow speech that is disagreeable and offensive.

We are willing to pay costs to protect fundamental rights.

In reality, however, many relationships have imbalances in status, salary, age, attractiveness and other factors.

Why, he asks, must the university legislate against them?

ASU gave Pratt a written admonishment in 2012 after the allegations by Kunzi, records show.

Last year, Pratt was dismissed on Valentine's Day after an alleged incident with another student.

Faculty and students would agree in advance to hold the university blameless if a relationship ends badly.

Conflict-of-interest policies, Abramson said, can address issues of status differential and the potential for favoritism.

Others, including Stanford and Duke, discourage but do not forbid such relationships, he said.