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Nepotism and Personal Relationship Policy

HRM-4001.1 – Definitions

  • Family/Household Member: The spouse, domestic partner and, whether by blood, adoption, marriage or domestic partnership, the child, parent, grandparent, sibling, grandchild, aunt or uncle, niece or nephew, first cousin, or any person residing in the immediate household of the University employee, or their spouse or domestic partner.
  • Intimate Partner: A person with whom an employ is having or, within the last twelve months, had a romantic and/or sexual relationship.


HRM-4001.2 – Policy

No supervisor may influence, directly or indirectly, the hiring, salary, promotion, performance appraisals, work assignments or other working conditions of a Family/Household Member or Intimate Partner.

If a situation emerges in which an employee may be in the position of supervising, directly or indirectly, a Family/Household Member or Intimate Partner as defined in this policy, the employee must discuss the matter, confidentially, with their supervisor or with Human Resources to address the conflict and make arrangements to ensure that employment-related decisions are made by someone who does not have such a relationship.

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