Nepotism Definition: For the purpose of this policy, “relationship” is defined as individuals related by blood, marriage, adoption [e.g.. father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother or half-sister, Florida Statute Section 112.3135(1)(d)]; a person a public employee intends to marry, or with whom the public employee intends to form a household, or any other natural person having the same legal residence as the public employee, Florida Statute Section 112.312, Code of Ethics; domestic partnership, dating, or other personal relationship in which objectivity might be impaired. “Line of

"Authority” is defined as authority extending vertically through one or more organizational levels of supervision or management.
  1. Recruitment of new hire – If a candidate has disclosed on the employment application that he/she has a relationship based on the above definition; a Nepotism Disclosure form must be completed and submitted to Recruitment Services for review prior to the hire. 
    • If the form is approved – the hire will be approved
    • If the form is denied – the hiring department will be required to go back to the original applicant pool and select another candidate or start a new search for a viable candidate.
  1. Current University employees – An employee that has a relationship with another university employee as described above must disclose the relationship by completing the Nepotism Disclosure form and submitting it to ELR for review and approval.
  1. Approved copies are sent to the employee, supervisor, and to the employees’ file with the original being housed in ELR.
  1. Yearly follow-up (as outlined in the guidelines) are to be scheduled.

Out-of-Unit Employees only:
Employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement- University Policy
In-unit Employees only:
University Police Officers covered by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) 
University Police Lieutenants  covered by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA)
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