In some cases, a concern over conflict of interest may arise involving other close relatives - such as aunts, uncles, cousins, or relatives by marriage.
In any case, when employees are unsure about a potential conflict, they should fully disclose the circumstances in writing to their supervisor.
These relationships must not jeopardize the effective functioning of the University by the appearance of either favoritism or unfairness in the exercise of professional judgment.
In relationships with students, the employee is expected to be aware of his/her professional responsibilities and to avoid apparent or actual conflict of interest, favoritism or bias.
Supervisors may approve non-routine visits that do not interfere with an employee's ability to perform his/her work functions or the productivity of a work unit.
As a large employer, Vanderbilt does have members from the same family who work at the University.
Despite all the cautionary tales regarding the dangers of office romance, countless employees wind up in relationships with co-workers every year.
And as you might expect when two people try to maintain both a business and emotional relationship – while spending virtually every waking hour together keeping the whole thing a secret – workplace dating often ends in tears.
Employees may bring children to appropriate University-sponsored programs and activities.Violations of this policy by an employee is grounds for the Performance Management process, up to and including discharge.Consensual sexual relationships between a student and an employee who is not in a position to exercise direct power or authority over that student may also be inappropriate.If one family member has influence over another family member's conditions of employment, the following should occur: In collaboration with the supervisor, the involved employees will be provided thirty days to make a decision regarding a change.Options include, but are not limited to: If a decision is not reached by the end of the thirty-day period, the department head, or next level of administrator, will resolve the situation. Employees are encouraged to socialize and develop professional relationships in the workplace provided that these relationships do not interfere with the work performance of either individual or with the effective functioning of the workplace.Any employee who engages in such a relationship must accept responsibility for assuring that it does not result in a conflict of interest or raise other issues of professionalism.In cases of doubt, advice and counsel should be sought from the EAD or a Human Resources Consultant.At least in normal life, if you look at the person you thought you’d marry and suddenly realize that you can’t stand the sight of them, you can just break up.But when this person is a work colleague, you may still have to maintain a professional relationship no matter how badly things end.The policy does not create a contract implied or expressed, with any Vanderbilt employees, who are employees at will.Vanderbilt reserves the right to modify this policy in whole or in part, at any time, at the discretion of the University.