Nepotism Guidelines

JSU is a vibrant, student-centered public teaching university with a  diverse faculty and staff. We strive to hire top notch employees to serve  and support our students, which means on occasion, a family member or any other related individual may be considered for a position at the university.

Relationship to another employee of the university shall not constitute a bar to hiring or internal movement (promotions, demotions, laterals, reclassifications) as long as an employee will not be under the direct or indirect supervision of a related individual.

The intent of reviewing hiring decisions is to ensure that no preferential treatment will be afforded to individuals based on relationships that may place undue or inappropriate influence on terms and conditions of employment as a result of the hire.  It is important to note that JSU has an expanded definition of a relationship as outlined in the Nepotism Disclosure Policy.

The university retains the right to refuse to appoint a person to a position in the same division, school, department, or facility, whereby their relationship to another employee can create an adverse impact on supervision, safety, security, morale, or involves a potential conflict of interest.

JSU strictly adheres to the State of Alabama's law addressing nepotism in state governmentThis law prohibits employees of the state from appointing or entering a personal service contract with any person related to him/her within the fourth degree of affinity (marriage) or consanguinity (blood relation) to any job or position of profit with the state or any of its agencies. Please view the Family Members, By Degrees chart below for more information.

All employees, especially those in supervisory positions, should familiarize themselves with the University's Nepotism Policy ensure that they are following it. All employees must also fill out the Nepotism Self-Disclosure form, accessible in the Employees tab in MyJaxState.

Review JSU's Nepotism Policy

Review/Complete the Nepotism Self-Disclosure Form

Family Relationships, By Degrees



First Degree: Parent or Child

Second Degree: Grandparent, Brother, Sister, Grandchild

Third Degree: Great Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, Nephew, Great Grandchild

Fourth Degree: Great Great Grandparent, Great Aunt, Great Uncle, First Cousin, Grand Nephew, Grand Niece



First Degree: Spouse or Domestic Partner

Second Degree: Parent-in-Law, Daughter-in-Law, Son-in-Law

Third Degree: Grandparent-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law, Grandchild-in-Law

Fourth Degree: Great Grandparent-in-Law, Aunt-in-Law, Uncle-in-Law, First Cousin-in-Law, Niece-in-Law, Nephew-in-Law, Great Grandchild-in-Law

Need Help?

If you are considering hiring a family member and are unsure if the reporting relationship is permitted, contact Human Resources at ext. 5007.

If you find yourself in a situation that may conflict with the policy/law due to promotion or transfer, please alert the Department of Human Resources immediately to determine the appropriate course of action.