In answer to your main question: NO Depending on the rules of the faculty, there is nothing particularly wrong with academics interacting with grad students, particularly if the boundaries you suggested are adhered to.I am fortunate enough to see this from the perspective of being a high school teacher and as a grad (Ph D) student - in the grad-professor interactions, both parties are adults, professionals in their fields and are largely working together on the project. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil .
Socializing with students is very different from being "buddies" with them: the relationship between a professor and an advisee is very different than that between friends.
But IMHO this is no different than any other professional relationship with any other colleague: there are some things that are fine to share and others that are best left unexplored.
Is there anything wrong with faculty socializing with grad students?
I agree that professors should definitely avoid getting romantically involved with grad students, or getting drunk with them.
I was a little bit surprised to read this comment thread on the Chronicle of Higher Education, which suggests (among other things) that faculty shouldn't fraternize with grad students.
I think this site has a different slant than CHE, so I thought I would bring up the question here.
Even at the undergraduate level, the occasionally we would play board games with some of the professors in the department.
In my experience, the best thing a professor can do is treat a student as an equal when he/she is ready to be treated as such.
Moreover, I agree that a heightened sense of boundaries is important.
But is there any reason for a professor, who would otherwise be interested, to decline offers to attend parties thrown by grad students, or to go hiking with them, or to play soccer with them, or to go to bar trivia with them?
What about students being buddies with members of faculty who are not their advisors or on their dissertation committee? and in some universities, untenured faculty may simultaneously be grad students -- can they not have any university buddies? In my field students who have entered full-time research are widely treated as colleagues (and we all know that it is the most senior and able grad students and the postdocs who get most of the work done).