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    Employment of Relatives

    Policy Statement                                                               

    The University welcomes the applications of employee relatives and will consider them based on qualifications for openings not under the direct or indirect supervision of a relative.

    Reason for Policy                                                                    

    To provide guidance on the employment of relatives of employees including job offers, appointments, transfers, and promotions.

    Who Is Governed by this Policy                                         

    Faculty and Staff


    Adelphi University permits the employment of relatives of employees as long as such employment does not, in the opinion of the University, create a conflict of interest, and as long as each individual meets and fulfills the appropriate requirements of the position.  This policy includes full-time, part-time, hourly and student employees as well as individuals contracted to provide University services.

    There shall be neither favoritism toward nor discrimination against any individual in any aspect of employment based upon that individual’s relation to another employee of the University.

    Neither applicants nor employees will be considered for employment in, or promotion to, a position in which they would be subject to direct or indirect supervision by a relative.

    Student employees are allowed to work in departments with relatives, but only with prior written approval from the Department Head/Dean and the Office of Human Resources.  However, student employees should not be supervised by a relative.


    For purposes of this policy, a RELATIVE shall be defined as mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, in-law, and any other type of relationship where working in the same department, service line, location, etc. could potentially cause a conflict of interest.


    Prior to offering employment to a relative of a current employee, written approval from the Office of Human Resources must be granted.


    This policy does not have forms associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

    Related Information

    This policy does not have related information at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

    Policy Owner

    Jane Fisher

    Secondary Contact                                                              

    Maria Birch

    Document History                                                      

    • Last Reviewed Date: April 9, 2018
    • Last Revised Date: 
    • Policy Origination Date:         

    Who Approved This Policy             

    Lisa S. Araujo
    Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Labor Relations.                                     

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