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Nepotism

Augustana College is committed to a policy of employment and advancement based on qualifications and merit and does not discriminate in favor of, or in opposition to, the employment of relatives.

Due to the potential for perceived or actual conflicts, the following restriction applies to the hiring of relatives: Relatives of persons currently employed 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 where employees can initiate or participate in decisions involving a direct benefit to the relative. Such decisions include, but are not limited to, hiring, retention, transfer, promotion, wages and leave requests. This policy applies to all current and potential employees.

"Relative" is defined as one of the following: relationships by blood-parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin and relationships by marriage-spouse (as defined by state law), stepparent, stepchild, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, father-inlaw, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, half-brother, half-sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, spouse/partner of any of the above and cohabitating couples/significant others.

If any employee, after employment, enters into one of the above relationships, the affected individual must disclose this relationship to the Director of Human Resources so that options for a transfer or a change in the reporting relationship can be explored.

This policy applies to student workers as well as all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees.

Updated February 2011