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
- 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.
- 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.
- Approved copies are sent to the employee, supervisor, and to the employees’ file with the original being housed in ELR.
- Yearly follow-up (as outlined in the guidelines) are to be scheduled.