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Associates of Colorado State University are individuals who are in some way affiliated with the University such that access to CSU’s network, computing, and library resources is required. Individuals who have only an Associate assignment do not receive pay.

Associate Types

They are classified in the following ways.


Individuals employed outside the University who have a strong and continuing relationship with the University and whose training, experience, and activities contribute actively to the program of the department.


Individuals who are not academic faculty of CSU may be given a Committee Member appointment in order to be a full voting member on a graduate student's committee.  The procedures to give a person this type of appointment and the restrictions that this appointment is subject to are located in Section E.1.1 of the Graduate and Professional Bulletin.

Federal Associate

Federal Associates of CSU are maintained by Human Resources for organizations such as the CSU Research Foundation and the Center for Disease Control. Please complete and scan or mail the following forms to HR Information Systems.

Guest Associate

Individuals who are contractors, guests of an employee, or senior citizens in the community with departmental permission to audit a course which uses online resources.

Joint Appointment

Faculty members or admin professionals whose professional activities fall, to an appreciable degree, within the purview of two departments. If an employee has a joint associate assignment, he may not have any other associate assignments.

Visiting Associates

Research Associates, Scientists, Scholars, Senior Scientists and Senior Scholars who are members of the faculty for a short time while on leave from another institution.


Approval for Associate assignments may be granted by HR system users authorized to approve faculty and admin professional actions.

  • Joint, Affiliate, and Visiting Associates follow the same approval routing as other faculty, except that final approval is granted by HR Records.
  • Guests require approval from the department only.
  • Committee members and federal associates are approved via an offline approval process.