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Nepotism

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: President’s Office
Date Adopted:
Date Reviewed: 04-25-17
Last Date Modified and Approved: 04-25-17 

Policy Statement 

Nepotism is broadly defined as the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by providing jobs, work, or preferential treatment. 

It is the policy of Lake Michigan College (the College) that employment, contract award, and/or advancement will be based solely on professional qualifications and abilities without regard to family or other relationships. 

However, concurrent employment or other engagement of members of the same family in a department or division will not be prohibited provided that such individuals meet and fulfill regular employment standards and requirements of the position or contract. 

Under no circumstances will an employee or contractor be placed under the direct supervision or control of an immediate family member (e.g., spouse, domestic partner, son, daughter, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, or spouse or domestic partner of any of the aforementioned). 

College personnel or members of the Board of Trustees should neither initiate nor participate in decisions that could have an actual or perceived direct benefit to members of their immediate family. In the event that such circumstances arise, in the case of College personnel, these functions are to be carried out by another member of the department or division and referred to the next immediate supervisor. In the case of a Board of Trustee member, the related trustee will recuse him/her from associated Board action. 

All employment or contract award decisions involving the employment or hiring of family members are to be approved by the appropriate vice president and director of human resources prior to award. The appropriate vice president will take steps to ensure that nepotism does not influence the hiring, award, employment, or evaluation when the possibility is known to exist. 

Employees must inform the Human Resources Department of potential or existing situations involving family members or those that could reasonably be considered nepotism. All employees are encouraged to disclose the facts if there is any doubt that a relationship currently exists or existed in the past. 

Responsibility: President 

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