Situations involving Nepotism are governed by the State Ethics Commission. Specific information can be found on the Ethics Commission site specifically related to nepotism.
Direct supervision of relatives, including spouses, must be fully justified and explicitly approved by the Chancellor. Payroll will not process appointments without prior approval. A letter addressed to the Chancellor requesting approval should be generated which includes an outline of the proposed arrangement and clearly discloses and justifies any familial relationships associated with the request, as well as other supporting information. Before the letter is submitted to the Chancellor, the signatures of the Department Chair and Dean, indicating their support should be obtained. A completed Ethics Commission conflict of interest disclosure form must accompany the letter. Proposals may be sent prior to Chancellor’s Office approval but an award will only be processed when OPAM has received written approval from the Chancellor’s Office. PI must coordinate matters of nepotism or conflict of interest.