College success and dating
Beyond that, some schools have specific rules about what to do if a student and a professor want to pursue a romantic relationship.
In college, you control your fate, and the more you work at your studies and the more you actively participate in your classes, the higher the probability for academic success.
If you break up, you may still have to see each other regularly around campus or, worse, in class.
All those questions about fairness your relationship initially raised will remain, only you may now be at an unfair disadvantage, with your ex having power over your grades and reputation with other faculty.
Breaking those rules could jeopardize the professor's job.
If you're at an institution where there aren't official rules about dating, there are most likely some guidelines or unofficial community expectations. Is it OK to date a professor, so long as you're not in one of his or her classes?
If you don't take college serious and don't study to the level you need, don't blame others for your weak academic performance.