Courtesy Appointments

A courtesy appointment is a designation in the University's HR application system (OMNI) that does not include compensation or confer employee status on the appointee. A courtesy appointment may be requested if there is a mutual benefit for the candidate and FSU. Departments can request a courtesy appointment if the contributions of the individual will be substantive and sustained in achieving the mission of the department and the University. Candidates must be significantly involved in the department's teaching, scholarly, or creative activities offering the courtesy appointment.

Courtesy candidate involvement typically occurs in the context of research, course, or journal collaboration, serving on committees, being listed as an instructor of record, assisting as an outside consultant, or being employed by an outside agency affiliated with FSU. Courtesy appointments are used for faculty and non-faculty roles. There are many courtesy Job Codes available.

The courtesy appointment permits the individual to access university privileges, such as FSU email accounts, computer system access, departmental shared drives, or building access. Departments and academic units are responsible for oversight of all courtesy candidates and assessing the risk associated with courtesy appointments.

A department will use the Courtesy Express process to initiate the request. The background check questionnaires are submitted through the Courtesy Express process, while background checks, if needed, are submitted during the Onboarding process. For general information on the University background check process please visit Background Check for more information.