UI faculty change policy in wake of murder-suicide

UI faculty change policy in wake of murder-suicide

UI faculty change policy in wake of murder-suicide

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by JESSIE L. BONNER

Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A new policy at the University of Idaho strongly discourages relationships between faculty members and students following the deaths of a professor who committed suicide after killing a graduate student he had taught and dated.


   Police say Ernesto Bustamante resigned Aug. 19 and three days later, gunned down 22-year-old Katy Benoit outside her Moscow home.


   Faculty leaders Monday approved revisions to university rules on faculty-student relationships. The move still needs approval from the full faculty body and University President Duane Nellis, but it would be the first policy change in the wake of the deaths of Bustamante and Benoit.


   The university's current policy says consensual relationships between faculty members and student are "generally deemed unwise." The new policy includes stronger language to discourage this type of contact.

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