Student Relatives of a Course Instructor Need Special Permission to take the Course - Nepotism

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Category Name: Academic Affairs and Research
Responsible Unit: The Office of the Provost
Responsible VP: Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Adoption Date: August 2008
Last Revision Date:
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Shared governance: none

Policy Statement

The College has rules that govern the situation when students take courses taught by a close relative.


Brockport students are not allowed to take courses taught by an instructor who is their close relative by blood or marriage without the permission of the College provost.



Examples of "relative" as used in this policy — the instructor's spouse, siblings, parents, children, nieces/nephews, or grandchildren on either side, as well as children of instructors' spouses. A student is also well advised to avoid registering for a course taught by an instructor with whom s/he has a close personal relationship.

Policy Procedures

The student may be granted the provost's permission only if:

  1. It is clearly demonstrable that there is no other course selection that will meet the student's academic needs.
  2. The department chair submits a plan for evaluating the student's work, which is clearly and completely separated from any involvement of the related faculty member.

If the student's academic needs require the course (see A, this section), the student and the instructor must consult with the department chairperson to prepare the plan (see B, this section). The department chair will submit this plan to the provost for consideration and approval.

If a situation involving nepotism is discovered and the provost's approval has not been obtained in advanceof the beginning of the course, the department chairperson can withdraw a student from the course with the provost's approval.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

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Contact Information

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date August 2011 Three year review
Adoption Date August 2008 Policy Adopted


Last Updated 10/27/20

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