Conflict of Interest

"No employee of the University shall engage in any activity that in any way conflicts with duties and responsibilities at the University of Nebraska nor shall any employee hire or supervise a member of his or her immediate family without expressed written consent of the Board." Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, June 1992. (3.8)

To comply with this Board of Regent Bylaw, immediate family shall mean wife, husband, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, guardians, wards, stepfathers, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsons, or persons bearing the same relationship to the spouse. The Bylaw applies to all full-time, part-time, regular, and temporary employees.

A conflict of interest exists if an employee exercises control over another employee who is supervising his/her family member, (i.e., a child of a director of a department should not be hired by a manager of that department since the manager's employment decisions can be controlled by the director.)

In 1986, the Nebraska State Legislature passed LB548 which requires that public employees and officials employing, recommending the employment of, or supervising the employment of an immediate family member must disclose the fact. For the purposes of this legislation, immediate family is defined as "a child residing in the individual's household, a spouse of the individual, or an individual claimed by the public official or employee or his or her spouse as a dependent for federal income tax purposes." The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has developed NADC form C-4 for the disclosure statement.