“They are consenting adults,” she says. In those non-power-relationship cases, Bruell believes “it should be at their discretion.”
At the same time, Bruell notes, lots of students do rate professors in different ways on college-student websites, including “a chili pepper rating on whether a professor is hot.”
“I don’t do that,” she laughs, “but still, it’s out there.”
Editor's note: This story has been altered from the original version that appeared on line and in print. The original version incorrectly characterized Cynara Stites’ views on the subject of sex between professors and students.