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Employment Policies (HR-100)

HR-115 Employment of Relatives


Employment of individuals related as closely as the fourth degree to any current member of the Board of Curators or to an administrative superior is not permitted.  A person who is related by blood or marriage more remotely than the fourth degree to any employee of the University may be employed by the University without regard to the relationship.


No person who is related by blood or marriage to any current member of the Board of Curators within the fourth degree may be employed by the University during the time such relative is a member of the Board of Curators.  No exceptions are permitted.


No employee of the University shall be the Administrative Superior of an individual who is related to him or her by blood or marriage within the fourth degree. No exceptions are permitted.


The term "employees" includes officers, academic staff members and all other employees of the University.

An administrative superior is any person who has responsibility for making the decision to hire or promote or who has responsibility for setting, approving or authorizing an increase to salary or who is responsible for recommending the amount of the salary or any increases to that salary.   The term “Administrative Superior” includes a University employee at any level of the University who has these responsibilities whether the decision or recommendation is made individually or collectively. 

A person is related by blood (consanguinity) or marriage (affinity) as closely as the fourth degree to his/her spouse and to the following blood relatives of the person or of his/her spouse:

children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; parents; grandparents; great-grandparents; great-great-grandparents; brothers and sisters; nephews;  grand nephews; nieces; grand nieces; uncles; grand uncles; aunts; grand aunts; and first cousins.  Under this policy, the half-blood shall be considered the same as whole blood and stepchildren, stepparents, etc., shall be considered the same as blood relatives of the employee or employee's spouse. 

 An in loco relationship shall be considered the same as a blood relationship to the employee or his or her spouse.


In any circumstance in which an Administrative Superior becomes aware that the performance of his or her duties might be in violation of the Collected Rules and Regulation related to nepotism, the Administrative Superior has an obligation to fully disclose the circumstance to his or her immediate supervisor (i.e., his or her direct supervisor) and to cooperate in removing himself or herself from involvement in any activities that are prohibited by this policy.


A violation of this policy, regardless of the manner in which it is brought to the attention of the University, may lead to disciplinary action as appropriate, up to and including termination of employment in the most serious circumstances, following appropriate processes for such discipline. 


Date Created: 9/26/97

Last Updated: 3/27/2012