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.

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.