Romantic and Non-Romantic Relationships
At the University of Mount Union, relationships between students are so complex that they are difficult to describe in a few paragraphs.
Much of social life centers on campus life and events. Though it is common for men and women to do things together in non-dating relationships, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what constitutes a dating relationship.
Terminology and extent of physical contact varies greatly. "Going Out" can mean with or without a romantic intent; "involved" or "seeing someone" signifies romantic involvement
In American culture, the greatest amount of public touching occurs between men and women. It is not uncommon to see students of the opposite sex, who do not have an intimate relationship, hugging or holding hands.
In the U.S. and at the University, people's attitudes toward sexual relationships have become more permissive. The decision whether or not to establish a sexual relationship rests with the individuals involved.
Students often feel free to talk about sex-related subjects and engage in sexual relationships. Homosexuals, usually referred to as "gay" if they are male and "lesbian" if female, have become much more willing than in the past to openly acknowledge their "sexual orientation." Gay, lesbian and bi-sexual students are accepted and respected on campus.
International students cannot safely make assumptions about male-female relationships and dating. They should observe carefully, and ask questions of their mentors, Community Educators, other students and the staff in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
It is important to be respectful of differences, not to jump to conclusions or to rush to judgment!