Nepotism Policy Guides Decision-Making at UB

UB Seal on Crosby Hall

Published May 19, 2016

The Nepotism Policy, approved and signed by President Tripathi, is available in the University Policy Library


This policy:

  • Establishes the university’s commitment to maintaining an environment in which employment, academic, research and procurement decisions are made with the highest degree of integrity, and to promoting a positive academic and work environment free from the appearance of favoritism or impropriety
  • Prohibits employees from making employment, academic, research or procurement decisions involving individuals with whom they have family, personal and/or romantic relationships
  • Requires employees to disclose situations where they cannot reasonably be perceived to be neutral in an employment, academic, research or procurement decision, in order to allow the university to make appropriate alternative arrangements


This policy:

  • Applies to all members of the university community, including faculty, staff, students and those doing business with the university (e.g., vendors, contractors)
  • Applies to all job classifications, titles, and all types of appointments under university jurisdiction, whether full-time, part-time, or volunteers
  • Applies to all university organizational units
  • Governs all employment, academic, research, and procurement practices and actions
  • Governs all university actions including but not limited to recruitment, hire, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, upgrading, promotion, demotion, renewal, non-renewal, tenure consideration, termination, transfer, layoff, leave, training, grading, housing, contract awards, and all employee and student benefits
  • Applies to all funding sources, including State, Research Foundation and UB Foundation


Guidance on this policy is available.

Additional questions can be directed to:

Support and guidance regarding the Nepotism Policy

Human Resources Liaison or
Office Employee Relations


Romantic relationships and compliance with the Faculty Code of Conduct

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


Discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion