BOISE -- A new policy at the University of Idaho would strongly discourage relationships between faculty members and students following the death of a professor who committed suicide after killing a graduate student he had taught and dated.
Police say Ernesto Bustamante resigned Aug. 19 and three days later, gunned down 22-year-old Katy Benoit outside her Moscow home then took his own life.
Faculty leaders Tuesday approved revisions to university rules on faculty-student relationships. The move still needs approval from the full faculty body and University President Duane Nellis, but it would be the first policy change in the wake of the deaths.
The university's current policy says consensual relationships between faculty members and student are generally deemed unwise. The new policy includes stronger language to discourage this type of contact.