Policy No. 5:01:00:06
Pursuant to T.C.A. § 8-31-101, et. seq, the following shall be the nepotism policy for the Tennessee Board of Regents System:
A. Effective July 1, 1980, no employees of an institution or school who are relatives shall be placed within the same direct line of supervision whereby one relative is responsible for supervising the job performance or work activities of another relative; provided, however, that to the extent possible, this policy shall not be construed to prohibit two or more such relatives from working for the same institution or school. For the purposes of this policy, a "relative" means a parent, parent-in-law, child, spouse, brother, foster brother, sister, foster sister, grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, or other family member who resides in the same household.
B. When employees of an institution or school become in violation of subsection (a) as a result of marriage, the violation shall be resolved by means of transfer within the institution or school, transfer to another institution or school, or resignation as may be necessary to remove the violation. If transfer alternatives are available, the employees shall be given the opportunity to select among the available alternatives; provided that if the employees are unable to agree upon any such alternative within sixty days, the appointing authority shall take appropriate action to remove the violation.
C. In the case of employment relationships which would otherwise violate subsection (a) but which were in effect prior to July 1, 1980, the employment of the employees shall not be affected by this policy, provided that the institution or school takes appropriate action to insure that employees neither initiate nor participate in institutional or school decisions involving a direct benefit (retention, promotion, salary, leave, etc.) to a relative.
D. Each institution and school shall apply the foregoing in a non-discriminating manner, and shall insure that the implementation of this policy does not adversely affect employees of one sex over those of the opposite sex.
Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline P-090 provides further guidance regarding the implementation of the law.
Source: TBR Meeting June 19, 2009