The Abuse of Power in Intimate Relationships

Many colleges and universities simply ignore the problem of consent in their sexual-harassment policies, and almost none have been courageous or practical enough to ban consensual relationships altogether

While the tangled puzzle of the relationship between President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky may appear far removed from life on American campuses, that is not the case. The current scandal recalls recent campus debates about intimate relationships between people with differing degrees of power -- usually faculty members and students -- and whether those relationships can be genuinely consensual.

In addition, the Clinton-Lewinsky controversy has become a litmus test of Americans'