ROMANCING THE STUDENT

RATTLED BY LAWSUITS, COLLEGES ARE CRACKING DOWN ON FACULTY-STUDENT LOVE AFFAIRS

During the three months in 1993 when she was sleeping with her English professor, Lisa Topol lost 18 pounds. She lost interest in her classes at the University of Pennsylvania, lost her reputation as an honor student and wondered if she was losing her mind. If she tried to break up, she thought, he could ruin her academic career. Then she made some phone calls and learned a bit more about the professor she had come to view as a predator. In June she will tell her story in federal court, but even before a verdict is rendered, the case has...

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