Consistent with the University’s policy on equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment, any career, contract, limited, or casual-restricted (student) appointment of a near relative in the same department is not permitted without prior approval of an exception to policy request. The appointment must be justified as being in the best interest of the University. To avoid a conflict of interest, an employee may not participate in the process of reviewing or decision-making on any matter concerning the appointment, promotion, salary, retention, termination, or other management decisions or personnel-related decisions regarding a near relative. Prior approval by the Chancellor, the Director of Human Resources or their designee is required before an offer to hire is made. For the purpose of this policy, a near relative is defined as a spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or first cousin. In-laws and step-relatives in the relationships listed, including relatives of the domestic partner who would be covered if the domestic partner were the employee’s spouse, are also defined as near relatives.