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 open. The decision whether or not to establish a sexual relationship rests with the individuals involved.

It is important to be respectful of cultural differences related to interpersonal relationships and not to jump to conclusions or rush to judgment!

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