To avoid conflicts of interest and favoritism, university policy opposes the appointment, reappointment, and/or supervision of an employee by a close relative (nepotism). HOP 5-1260 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures defines “supervision” as “the exercise of authority or responsibility with regard to appointment, reappointment, promotion, managing performance, work assignments, salary administration, termination or other terms and conditions of employment.” The policy identifies a close relative as “an employee's spouse, son and daughter (including stepchild), son-in-law and daughter-in-law, parents (including stepparents), father-in-law and mother-in-law, brother and sister (including stepbrother and stepsister), brother-in-law and sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchildren, great grandparent, and great grandchildren.”

Employees are required to disclose of any relationship that may create a conflict of interest at the time of employment or that develops at any time during employment. For more detailed information about the university’s policy on nepotism, see the Handbook of Operating Procedures.