Student Employment Policy & Procedure Guide
Section 400: Employment and Supervision of Immediate Family Members (Nepotism)
Effective: 02/01/2021

It is against the policy of Oregon State University for University employers and supervisors to employ or supervise immediate family members, including student employees.


Employment & Supervision of Immediate Family Members

To outline the University’s policy regarding hiring and supervision of family members of classified and student employees. The University’s policy for unclassified employees is set forth in OAR 580-022-0055.

Employee- For the purposes of this policy, “employee” means classified or student employee.

Family Member- For the purposes of this policy, “family member” means the classified or student employee’s spouse or domestic partner, child, step-child, parent, step-parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and first cousin.

Persons related to each other may be employed at the University in the same department or unit within the limitations set forth in this policy. Employment of an individual must be based on his or her qualifications, experience, training, and merits. Hiring officials must determine that individuals are qualified and suitable hires for the University.

An employee of the University may not supervise, hire, or appoint his or her family member, or a family member of the employee’s supervisor.

In addition, an employee may not supervise or participate in the processes of review and decision-making on matters concerning retention, promotion, salary, termination, or discipline of the employee’s family members.

Please see the Employment and Supervision of Immediate Family Members (Nepotism) Policy for additional information.

For more information contact the Student Employment Center at