3.5.8 - Nepotism

Last updated on March 30, 2023

POLICY:  Spoon River College prohibits the employment of immediate family members where such employment may cause an undue hardship on the College.


This policy applies to all Spoon River College employees.


Conflict of Interest: For the purpose of this policy, a conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual is in a position to derive personal benefit (or where the individual’s family member may derive personal benefit) from actions or decisions made in his or her official capacity.

Immediate Family:  Members of the immediate family are defined as: mother, father, foster parents, foster children, step-parents, step-children, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, in-laws, (mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister), grandparents, and grandchildren.


  1. Members of an employee’s immediate family are considered for employment based on their qualifications. Immediate family may not be hired, however, if the employment would:
    1. Create a supervisor/direct report relationship with a family member;
    2. Have the potential for creating an adverse impact on work performance; or
    3. Create either an actual conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  2. This policy must also be considered when assigning, transferring, or promoting an employee. This policy also applies to employees in a romantic relationship.
  3. Employees who become immediate family members or establish a romantic relationship may continue employment as long as it does not involve any of the above. If one of the conditions outlined should occur, attempts will be made to find a suitable position within the College to which one of the employees will transfer.  If employees become immediate family members or establish a romantic relationship, the College will make reasonable efforts to assign job duties to minimize problems of supervision, safety, security or morale.  If accommodations of this nature are not feasible, the employees will be permitted to determine which of them will resign.  If the employees cannot make a decision, the College will decide in its sole discretion which employee will remain employed.