Nepotism, Employment of Relatives, and Personal Relationships

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The College wants to ensure that employment practices do not create situations such as conflict of interest or favoritism. This extends to practices that involve employee hiring, promotion, and transfer. Close relatives, partners, those in a dating relationship, or members of the same household may not be permitted to be in positions that have a reporting responsibility to each other. Close relatives are defined as husband, wife, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in law, grandfather, grandmother, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step relatives, and cousins.


If employees begin a dating relationship or become relatives or members of the same household, and if one party is in a supervisory position, that person is required to inform Human Resources of the relationship.


The College reserves the right to apply this policy to situations where there is a conflict or the potential for conflict because of the relationship between employees, even if there is no direct-reporting relationship or authority involved. Administration also retains the discretion to make exceptions to the policy.