5.7 If for any reason the Head, Chair or Supervisor does not find it possible to avoid altogether the involvement of people in the close personal relationship, the Head's next-in-line manager must formally approve the arrangement proposed by the Head before it is implemented. cross-marking or co-supervision of the student's work, must be formally approved by the Head of School prior to implementation.5.8 If a staff member or committee member is found to be in a personal relationship and the potential conflict of interest has not been disclosed, any decision taken in relation to the student and any potentially affected students will be reviewed by the relevant Chair, or Head and may render the process null and void, or may be amended by the Chair or Head.
"Family relationship" means a relationship with a relative, a person in the same household or a cultural family relationship.
"Head" means the Head of an organisation unit, for example Head of School, Dean, Director , Associate Director or staff member responsible for the performance or management of an employee.
The University seeks to provide a campus culture marked by mutual respect, personal dignity and support for the skills and abilities of everyone.
This policy applies to the conduct expected in the professional performance of duties of all staff of the University and their relationships with staff and students.
4.1 As far as possible management of a disclosure of a personal relationship is the responsibility of the supervisor or manager notified of the conflict, and will include consideration of the nature of the relationship and the appropriateness of the employee to resume any activities that involve the conflict.
4.2 Directing or approving the management of a disclosed close personal relationship which is in breach of this policy, or having knowledge of a close personal relationship in breach of this policy of but not acting promptly to correct the situation in accordance with this policy, may be deemed misconduct resulting in misconduct under the agreement.
The staff student relationship must not jeopardise the academic integrity or effective functioning of the University by the appearance of either favouritism or unfairness in the exercise of professional judgment.
In relationships with students, the staff member is expected to be aware of their professional responsibilities and to avoid apparent or actual conflict of interest, favouritism or bias.
The University of Western Australia This policy addresses the appropriate management of personal relationships in the workplace with the objective of maintaining public trust and confidence in the integrity and professionalism of the decisions made and the services provided by the University.