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PG-22 Employment of Relatives

Policy: PG-22
Subject: Employment of Relatives
Approval Date: 07/01/85
Revision Date: 03/26/87; 9/18/98; 08/08/19
Last Review Date: 08/08/19


To outline the circumstances under which relatives may or may not be employed by the University.


Regular and non-regular employees are defined in Morehead State University Personnel Policy PG-3. For purposes of this policy, graduate assistants, federal and institutional work study students, and scholarship work study students are employees of the University and are subject to this policy. 


As used in this policy, relative means a person's father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandson, granddaughter, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law. 


Selection, placement, promotion, and all other matters pertaining to employment of academic and support staff, including workships and graduate assistants, shall be made without regard to family status of the individual. Supervisors and administrators will consider each person on personal merits, qualifications, and skills. Therefore, both husbands and wives or other kinship can exist at this institution and within the same department.

In the event a relative is an applicant for a position where the applicant’s relative is in a supervisory position, the Office of Human Resources will excuse the supervisor from any involvement in the screening and selection process.

Prior to selection and appointment of an applicant to a position in which his/her relative serves in a direct or up-line supervisory position, the Office of Human Resources will specify in writing that the up-line supervising relative be removed from matters pertaining to the subordinate’s supervision, to include, but not limited to terms of appointment, salary, future salary, evaluations, promotions, tenure and discipline. Such an arrangement shall be signed by the supervising relative, the relative, the appropriate Vice President (or the President in areas without a Vice President) and the Office of Human Resources and shall remain in effect during the relative's employment. 

The Office of Human Resources and the appropriate Vice President (or the President in areas without a Vice President) will likewise specify in writing the supervisory arrangement for an employee and supervisor who become related through marriage.

In the event a relative of the President of the University is being recommended for hire, the President shall be required to obtain a majority vote of the Board of Regents before the hire can be made. 

Kentucky state law governs the employment of relatives of the Morehead State University Board of Regents members (i.e. KRS 164.360(2) and 164.830(1)(a)).

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