I remember the professors who dated students in my college. Following the graduation of one of my students, who is 18 years old, we began seeing each other socially. We can be respectful and dance around the issue as much as we want here. But I like to think real teachers are not whores or predators, so I stay out of that side of the industry. Also, what Legion said, abuse of the job position if you started dating him while still being a student.
Was this the start of a teacher student affair?!
Real life story: "I married my high school teacher"
More on that in the rest of the comment] wulf3n: You could jeopardize your career- even if dating a former student isn't against policy, it's certainly something that could be considered questionable conduct. It's better to question early and get a definitive answer now than to find out you weren't right for each other once it's too late. Your boss might not appreciate it, and you don't want to take such a risk. TBH the age gap with you seems a bit large but I don't think it's wrong though I can see why someone might be concerned he is exploiting you not saying I think he is just that your family might.