No. The IRS views all persons providing services to a company as employees unless proven otherwise. Incorrectly classifying persons as independent contractors is a liability for the university. As a result, an individual's status as an "independent contractor" must be approved by the Office of Accounts Payable prior to the start of work. The determination will be based on the objective facts in each case.
However, if the person is performing one of the predefined services listed on the Request for Independent Services form such as Guest Lecturer, Substitute Teacher, Panelist, Performer, Critic or Judge, no Accounts Payable pre-authorization is required.
Additionally, licensed individuals providing medical, legal, or architectural services to the university do not need pre-approval by Accounts Payable for independent contractor status.