Both denied the affair when initially confronted about it by their department chair in the middle of that year.In late 2012, Lee said she was pregnant with twins and moved to Washington State, where some of her family members lived.Wang helped her move and sent her money and gifts, according to the suit.In early 2013, Lee sent emails to the department chair and other faculty members and administrators at Pittsburgh, in addition to campus police, saying Wang had used and manipulated her for sex, and that she had moved out of state to get away from him.Yet at the root of this queasy dynamic was genuine intellectual excitement.His class set off a series of firecrackers in my understanding of books, ideas whose impact I can still recollect vividly.
Then there are the middle cases concerning whether or not the faculty member is in the same subfield as the grad student and whether or not they are housed at the same university as the grad student.
As a member of the faculty and through their influence with other faculty (who may teach the student), the professor holds power over the student.
Many schools look down on professor/student dating because of these reasons.
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.