VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES POLICIES AND PROCEDURESSUBJECT: RELATIONSHIPS IN THE WORKPLACEEFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015 Vanderbilt University strives to be a family-friendly workplace and is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of the University community can work together to further education, research, patient care and community service.
This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.
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.
These relationships, even if consensual, may ultimately result in conflict or difficulties in the workplace.
If such a relationship currently exists or develops, it must be disclosed: C. When employees interact with students, staff are in a position of trust and power.
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.
This policy does not restrict participating in labor unions or other labor or civil rights organizations.Consensual sexual relationships are prohibited between a student and an employee who is in a position to exercise power or authority over that student.Efforts by employees to initiate these relationships are also prohibited.However, employment of family members in situations where one family member has direct influence over the other's conditions of employment (i.e., salary, hours worked, shifts, etc.) is inappropriate.For the purpose of this policy, family members are defined as spouse, domestic partner, daughter, son, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, mother-in-law or father-in-law.