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POLICY #5.18
SUBJECT: Nepotism


I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this Policy is to outline the institution's policy toward employment of Relatives and to minimize the negative impact on productivity and job satisfaction created by nepotism or the perception of nepotism.


III. DEFINITIONS

  1. Relative: A father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.

IV. POLICY

  1. It is unlawful for a public employee to appoint, employ, or vote for or recommend the appointment of a Relative in or to any position or employment when the salary, wages, pay, or compensation of the appointee will be paid from public funds and the appointee will be directly supervised by a Relative. The restraint extends further in that a subordinate supervisor may not hire the Relative (as defined above) of a superior.
  2. Exceptions to this Policy may be granted as follows:
    1. The Relative was employed before the public officer assumed their position, if the Relative's appointment did not violate the provisions of this Policy; or
    2. The appointee will be employed for a period of 12 weeks or less; or
    3. The appointee is a volunteer as defined by the institution; or
    4. The President of the University determines that the appointee is the only qualified person to fill the position or that the public officer is the only person available or the best qualified person to supervise the functions of the appointee.
  3. Reporting Requirements: When an employee does supervise a Relative as permitted under Section IV.B., the following conditions apply:
    1. The supervisor shall make a complete written disclosure of the relationship to the President of the institution; and
    2. The supervisor may not evaluate the Relative’s job performance or recommend salary increases.

V. RELEVANT FORMS/LINKS

N/A


VI. QUESTIONS/RESPONSIBLE OFFICE

The responsible office for this Policy is the Vice President for Finance and Administration. For questions about this Policy, contact the Office of Human Resources.


VII. POLICY ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT DATES

Date Approved: November 2, 1990

Amended: November 12, 2004