UW-La Crosse ensures that campus practices do not create situations such as conflicts of interest or favoritism. This extends to practices that involve employee hiring, promotion and transfer.  Close relatives (including husband, wife, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, step relatives and cousins), domestic partners, those in a dating relationship or members of the same household are not permitted to be in positions that have a reporting responsibility to each other.

Special cases  may  occur where grant funding requires the PI to create a team with special skills to fulfill the work of the grant, and the best qualified personnel may be a spouse or partner (or other close family member) with specific professional expertise that is not readily available.  In that case, with advance campus review and approval prior to submitting the grant proposal , terms and conditions may be outlined that would allow a short-term employment of a spouse or partner with campus oversight.  It is expected that these cases would be rare and determined on a case-by-case review. Review for approval of such a request will be made by completing this Grant Proposal Special Personnel Approval Request Form as part of the grant proposal packet submitted to the Grants Office for review and approval prior to external submission.