Can college professors dating former students
Despite the lack of statistics, Dziech says that, from her experience dealing with such cases, the majority involve male faculty members and female students.
It is also not in the best interests of an institution to discuss the prevalence of such relationships on its campus, Dziech says.
"If you're charging ,000 a year, you don't want parents knowing that a guy is sleeping with the kids," she says.
The deaths and several other aspects of the Idaho case -- such as news that Bustamante had been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and had made violent threats against Benoit -- make the situation distinctive.
But faculty members at other institutions and higher education observers say the fact that a faculty member and student were romantically involved is not a shock.