We asked Jason to respond to his own question:
I say either when the student has graduated and you both want to stay in touch or a change of position, depending on the change. I think if you get too close while still supervising you run the risk of others thinking your playing favorites, or the student begins asking or expecting more from the connection. I’ve had colleagues called at 3am by students needing rides from a party, or asking to get them out of trouble, and that is a dangerous place to be.
And here is what our #SAChat community had to say:
“But I think there are occasions to relax a little, the end of the year as an example. As long as all the students you work with are invited to participate then it’s acceptable.” – Stacy Ploskonka
From our friends on Twitter:
— MSalvagno (@M_Salvagno) February 2, 2013
@the_sa_blog when I’m no longer their direct supervisor.
— Amanda Murphy (@Murphtacular) February 1, 2013
— MSalvagno (@M_Salvagno) February 1, 2013
— Brianne McDonough (@briannemcd) February 1, 2013
@the_sa_blog I don’t think there’s a point. I think it depends on the person’s comfort level.
— Mike Rokicki (@ResLifeisMyLife) February 1, 2013
— Melissa Rocco (@MelRoc7) February 1, 2013
What would you add to the conversation? Let us know in the comments!