61-420 06-01-2006 NEPOTISM (POLICY) A. Relatives of Board Members Applying for College Positions 1. The college recognizes that on the Pine Ridge Reservation a majority of the Indian people are related to each other. This poses a problem to the college because a number of qualified applicants are denied a job opportunity if the college does not allow a Board relative to apply. 2. Therefore, the Oglala Lakota College hereby makes it an official policy to allow relatives of the Board of Trustees to apply for college positions with the following provisions: a. If a relative of a Board member applies for a college position, the Board member must remove himself from the deliberation on the selection of a relative applying for a college position. b. In the event more than one Local Board member has a relative applying for a position, selection should be deferred to a committee at Piya Wiconi. The voting on the selection will be by secret ballot. 3. For purposes of this part a relative means first degree relatives: father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister, son and daughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step-father, step-mother, step-son, step-daughter, step- brother, step- sister, half-brother, half-sister, niece, nephew, grandmother, grandfather, and first degree cousins. 4. Realizing that there are other relationships that are important in the Indian culture, Board members are encouraged to remove themselves from the selection procedure at any time they feel they cannot be objective. 5. Oglala Lakota College shall allow relatives of staff members to apply for college positions with the following exception: a. No person/employee shall be hired, promoted or transferred within any department of the College in which his/her relative is a staff member. B. Board Members Applying for College for College Positions. Any member of the Board of Trustees or a local District Board considering employment with the College shall resign from Board membership prior to their application being considered for employment.
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