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[The following was approved on November 3, 1982, in accordance with provisions set forth in SIU Board of Trustees 2 Policies C.3.c.]

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has established the following guidelines for all employment situations involving persons related by blood or marriage [1] when both are employed at SIUC.

Although opportunities for initial employment, leaves, promotion, tenure, and other benefits may not be limited because of marital relationship or immediate family relationship, the university does set reasonable restrictions on any individual's capacity to function as judge or advocate in specific situations involving members of her or his immediate family.

  1. Prospective employees who are married to one another, or are immediate family members, will each be considered for any employment opportunity for which they are qualified, completely independent of the fact that they are related. This is taken to mean that no one may be either denied or offered employment because of marriage or relation by blood to any employee or prospective employee.
  2. If two employees in a single department are husband and wife or immediate family members, they shall be considered independently for all employee benefits such as, but not limited to, leaves, sabbaticals, promotions, salary increases, retention, or tenure; and neither shall vote, recommend, or have any other part in decision-making regarding the other's initial employment, leaves, sabbaticals, promotions, salary increases, retention, or tenure. Such decisions shall reside at the next higher administrative level.
  3. No employee shall initiate or participate in institutional decisions involving a direct benefit (initial employment, leave of absence, tenure, promotion, sabbatical, retention, salary, etc.) to any person related to him/her by marriage or blood.
  4. Each vice-chancellor area shall insure compliance with this statement of nepotism in his/her case.

1. The term "related by blood or marriage" refers to the immediate family which is defined as inclusive of the following: mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, niece, nephew, or any relative by marriage comparable to the above-listed relationships.