DFJ. Nepotism (BP)


No member of the faculty or staff having employment authority may appoint for service, either on a contract basis or by memorandum of employment on an hourly basis, any member of his or her immediate family.


The Executive Council has established this administrative procedure to facilitate compliance with the Board Policy stated above.

The employment of immediate family in the same area of an organization may cause serious conflicts and problems with favoritism and employee morale. In addition to claims of partiality in treatment at work, personal conflicts from outside the work environment can be carried into day-to-day working relationships.

Immediate family of persons currently employed by SPC may be hired only if they will not be working directly for or supervising a relative or will not occupy a position in the same line of authority within the organization. This policy applies to any relative, higher or lower in the organization, who has the authority to review employment decisions. SPC employees cannot be transferred into such a reporting relationship. If the relative relationship is established after employment, the individuals concerned will decide who is to be transferred. If that decision is not made within 30 calendar days, management will decide.

In other cases where a conflict or the potential for conflict arises, even if there is no supervisory relationship involved, the parties may be separated by reassignment or terminated from employment.

Recognizing the nature of the community college environment, the Executive Council acknowledges that circumstances may arise necessitating the temporary employment of an immediately family member as defined in this policy. Therefore, should such circumstances arise, the Executive Council reserves the authority to grant temporary exceptions to this policy. Temporary exceptions will clearly define the length and nature of employment authorized.

For the purposes of this policy, "immediately family" is any person who is related by blood or marriage, or whose relationship with the employee is similar to that of persons who are related by blood or marriage. Such relationships include but are not limited to:

  • Spouse
  • Grandparent
  • Child
  • Grandchild
  • Step Child
  • Aunt
  • In-Laws
  • Uncle
  • Sibling
  • Niece
  • Divorced Partner
  • Nephew

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