Persons related by family or marriage, and persons whose circumstances establish bonds that are characteristic of those relationships may not initiate, participate in, or exercise any influence over departmental or institutional decisions involving a direct benefit or detriment to a person so related. In situations where a conflict of interest might occur under normal operating procedures, the responsibility for the decision will pass to the next higher administrative level. Further, faculty or staff members may neither supervise nor be supervised by persons with whom they are so related.
For purposes of this policy, nepotism is defined as favoritism.
For purposes of this policy, direct benefit includes but is not limited to initial appointment, conditions of employment, retention, promotion, tenure, salary, leave of absence, and grievance adjustment.
For purposes of this policy, persons related by family or marriage are defined as spouse, parent, child, step-child, guardian, ward, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, in-laws, fiancé, fiancée, and persons living together in the same household excluding those living as members of a religious community.
Employees working in these situations before July 1, 1995, are not affected by this policy.
03/17/95 - Approved by the President for implementation July 1, 1995
02/13/98 - Revised to clarify conflicting employment relationships
12/02/05 - Revision approved by the President of the University as recommended by the Policy Committee of the University