Personnel Policies
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Employee Discounts

Policy: PG-22

Subject:  Employment of Relatives

Approval Date: 07/01/85
Revision Date: 03/26/87; 9/18/98

PURPOSE:

To outline the circumstances under which relatives may or may not be employed by the University.

DEFINITION OF AN EMPLOYEE:

Regular and non-regular employees are defined in Morehead State University Personnel Policy PG-1. For purposes of this policy, graduate assistants, federal and institutional workstudy students are employees of the University and are subject to this policy.

DEFINITION OF A RELATIVE:

As used in this policy, relative means a person's father, mother, brother,  sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.

POLICY:

Selection, placement, promotion, and all other matters pertaining to employment of academic and support staff, including workships and graduate assistants, shall be made without regard to family status of the individual. Supervisors and administrators will consider each person on personal merits, qualifications, and skills. Therefore, both husbands and wives or other kinship can exist at this institution and within the same department.

In the event a relative is an applicant for a position where the applicant’s relative is in a supervisory position, the Office of Human Resources will excuse the supervisor from any involvement in the screening and selection process.

Prior to selection and appointment of an applicant to a position in which his/her relative serves in a direct or up-line supervisory position, the Office of Human Resources will specify in writing that the up-line supervising relative be removed from matters pertaining to the subordinate’s supervision, to include, but not limited to terms of appointment, salary, future salary, evaluations, promotions, tenure and discipline. Such an arrangement shall be signed by the supervising relative, the relative, the appropriate Vice President and the Office of Human Resources and shall remain in effect during the relative's employment.

The Office of Human Resources will likewise specify in writing the supervisory arrangement for an employee and supervisor who become related through marriage.

However, no person shall be employed at Morehead State University whose relative serves on the Board of Regents.