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Policy Title: Nepotism Policy
Policy Department: Administrative Services-HR
Policy Number: 41.002
Issue Date: 01/01/1968
Revised Date(s): 12/03/2010
Board Resolution: -0
Policy Document(s):
Policy Statement:

Hocking College imposes no restrictions on the concurrent employment of members of the same immediate family except the following:

  • One immediate family member may not supervise another or be in the supervisory line. No individual may be assigned to a department or a unit under the direct or indirect supervision of an immediate family member. An agreement must be reached as part of the terms of the initial appointment designating the position to which the individual will report. This agreement is subject to the approval of the Vice‐President of the division in which the person is employed.  Supervision includes the awarding of any benefits (e.g., promotion, retention, salary, leaves of absence, etc.).
  • Each immediate family member must be judged on his or her own merits and shall not be prejudiced (favorably or unfavorably) by the employment of another immediate family member or by their activities, status, rank, or position.
  • Each immediate family member must conduct himself or herself in accordance with all applicable state ethics laws and College ethics policies (see Conflicts of Interest).
  • Specifically, immediate family members may not participate in searches or initial appointment decisions if an immediate family member is a candidate for the position.
  • Immediate family members may not authorize, vote upon, discuss, deliberate, recommend, or otherwise, use the authority or influence of his or her position, formally or informally, to secure the employment, retention, promotion, or tenure of an immediate family member, or to approve payment to an immediate family member for services rendered in his or her public employment.  This provision does not prohibit immediate family members from providing requested factual information regarding the immediate family member’s work‐related activities (e.g., spouses who are coauthors on research or scholarly papers may provide factual information on the nature of the co‐authorship).

For the purpose of this policy, "immediate family" includes spouses, domestic partners, parents,
children, and siblings even if the parties do not reside in the same residence.


Cross References: Conflicts of Interest