What Is My Responsibility Here?
I teach at a community college. This question involves two people: another professor at the college I know a little bit socially (J) and a student (M). She is 18. I do know J, I don't know M personally. I heard this story from a student who sometimes does work in the department office, he knows M and has taken a class with J.
The rumor I heard went that a few weeks ago, J invited M over and they smoked pot together, they both got high, then she drove home (still high) with his knowledge. That's pretty much the extent of the rumor.
Now I have this information. I don't know if any other faculty or staff members at the community college do. I'm trying to figure out if I should report it to someone in his department or not.
J didn't actually break any rules. Our community college does not prohibit relationships between students and faculty, and while it prohibits drug use on campus, it says nothing about off-campus.
But the whole thing still feels...wrong...to me, and I wonder if I should report it (anonymously maybe) to someone higher up?