Contracts for Services:
Engaging Independent Contractors and Consultants
Before engaging a service provider, you must evaluate whether the individual or entity providing the service should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor (vendor), based upon IRS guidelines. The evaluation and classification must be performed before engaging an individual or entity to perform services, and before any services begin. Attach the contract and any supporting documentation (e.g., service provider questionnaire and evaluation worksheet, scope of work, single/sole source justification form) to the requisition or I Want doc PRIOR to the start of service.
Department personnel do not sign any vendor’s contract with the exception of the delegation of authority found in https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/bm-section-620.pdf granted to Deb Justice in Music and Judy Virgilio in PMA. All other vendor contracts are signed by the authorized purchasing agent.