The University often contracts with firms and individuals to perform a variety of specifically defined tasks. Contracts are issued in accordance with the University's policy on procurement. Because there are legal penalties for inappropriately classifying an individual as a contractor or consultant, various factors must be considered before entering into a contractual relationship. In general, an independent contractor or consultant is usually retained for a particular project, exercises substantial control and initiative over the way he/she performs the work, works on a fee basis rather than by the hour or for a salary, and provides his/her own tools and equipment. Detailed guidelines are appended to this policy.
As a general rule, Gallaudet employees cannot serve as consultants or contractors to the institution. Employees who perform work outside of their scope of responsibilities may receive additional compensation if approved by the unit administrator and senior administrator; however, their classification remains that of an employee and all appropriate taxes are deducted.
Travel, lodging, and meal expenses incurred as a result of a contractual arrangement are reimbursed according to the University's travel policy.