Nepotism Policy

Nepotism — Academic Affairs Policy


Truman State University permits the hiring within the university community of individuals of the same family or those who have a personal relationship. However, hiring or supervision within the same department normally is prohibited for individuals of the same family or for those who have a personal relationship (see policy 10.030)

Additionally, to avoid a conflict of interest or an appearance of conflict of interest, no employee may initiate or participate in, directly or indirectly decisions involving a direct benefit (e.g., initial hire or rehire, promotion, salary, performance appraisals, work assignments or other working conditions) to those related by blood or marriage, have membership in the same household (including domestic partners) or persons with whom the employee has an intimate relationship.


A supervisor bears a responsibility for sustaining a positive workplace environment that is conducive to the professional growth of all employees.

A supervisor must be regarded as trustworthy and fair for such an environment to exist. It is important to understand that, even when arrangements have been made to minimize conflicts of interest regarding particular employment-related decisions, it is necessarily more difficult for a supervisor to be fair when a close relationship exists with an employee.

Unto this end, if such a defined relationship exists between a Department Chair and a member of the department, the Dean of the School will serve as the direct supervisor for the department member.


Line of authority

Policy Administrator: Janet Gooch

Contact: Steve Petersen

Effective date

Effective Date: 10-12-2018

Approved Date: 10-12-2018

Policy Type: Operations