Independent Contractors

Campuses must comply with State/Federal laws and CSU policies regarding the proper classification of employees and independent contractors. Misclassification of a worker as an independent contractor can result in considerable wage and benefit obligations, financial penalties, tax consequences, and other liabilities.

For more information, refer to the CSU Independent Contractors Guidelines [pdf]

Department Responsibilities

When departments are considering onboarding a new supplier, they should:

Verified as Independent Contractor

If the department can reasonably conclude that the supplier is not a CSU employee, then they can continue with onboarding.

Verified as a SJSU or CSU Employee

SJSU and CSU employees cannot onboard as suppliers.

  • For SJSU employees, contact your Payroll Representative for guidance.
  • For CSU employees, submit a IFT through Accounting Services.