I have encountered an issue with my class that I’m hoping the more experienced educators can help me with.

I am adjuncting at a community college. It’s not my first semester, but for whatever reason this has thrown more curve balls at me than I’m used to.

I have a student who I think is older than I am, although I don’t know for certain. There were some issues at the start of the semester getting her enrolled, but I thought it had settled down. She was just out for two weeks with chicken pox, so she missed a lot of class. In her written communication with me, she started signing off with “I love you!” This makes me feel really uncomfortable, because it’s way outside the boundary level that I try and set with students. I should have nipped it in the bud, but I was so shocked I didn’t even know what to do.

Today I got an email asking about how to sign up for fall classes. I told her I didn’t really know, and she’d have to check with the registrar. She responded with this: “I understand that I have to call or talk to the people in the register’s office! Thank you! How do I contact them on the phone and on the school’s website? Please let me know what you want me to do! I love you!” The earlier email from today had the same sign off, and most of her previous emails have ended with some variation of “Tell me what you want me to do! I love you!”

At this point I think I need to set up some better boundaries, but I’m not really sure how to do that or how to respond.