13.1 General Policy
The University pays authorized travel and travel-related expenses for employees in one of three ways:
- Reimbursement of funds paid by the employee.
- Advancing of funds to the employee for the payment of expenses.
- Direct payment to a vendor for business-related services to the employee.
It is the responsibility of the employee to make every effort to minimize travel expenses and:
Obtain Prior Authorization
All travel-related expenses must be authorized in advance by the one to whom the employee reports and the President. The employee must complete the Travel Authorization form, which can be obtained from Financial Services or the University network in the “Read-Only” drive under “Forms.”
Obtain Proper Documentation
Original itemized receipts for expenses must be submitted with the Expense Report to receive reimbursement. Only the back copy of the travel ticket (not itinerary) is acceptable for reimbursement of airfare. If electronic or E-ticketing is used, the e-mailed copy of the ticket must be submitted as proper documentation.
Submit Expense Report
The Expense Report Form may be obtained on the University network or from Financial Services.
- Fill out the Expense Report Form promptly. Even though travel has been authorized, it is essential that the Expense Report Form be submitted with original receipts for all expenses within 60 days of completion of travel. Until this is done, any travel advances are considered due from the employee. Financial Services will process reports within 36 hours.
- Complete all required areas of the form.
- Attach all original receipts. (If a photocopy is used, the supervisor should sign the copy.)
- Attach a copy of the Travel Authorization form.
- Sign and submit form to your authorizing signatory.
- Report expenses for multiple trips on separate forms.
13.3 Expense Report Guidelines
Reasonable cost for the following expenses will be reimbursed.
Single Hotel or Motel Accommodation
Reservations should be made far enough in advance to qualify for any group discounts.
Coach Rate Air Travel
It is the responsibility of the employee to make airline reservations. These reservations should be made for appropriate days of the week and far enough in advance to minimize air travel costs.
Mileage is paid to an employee for using his or her personal automobile on approved travel for the University. Charges for travel-related expenses such as tolls, parking, etc., on the most direct route of travel may be reported in addition to the authorized mileage. Mileage reimbursement will be made at the current rate.
Per diem for one person, and spouse when approved, will be reimbursed at the current rate. Meals are reimbursed at the current per diem rate for travel over 50 miles and when the individual is away from the University longer than six hours. Persons who travel the 50 miles, but are away fewer than six hours, will be reimbursed for actual costs up to half the per diem rate (receipts are required).
The University requires employees to use AVIS car rental when securing a rental car for business related travel. To make your reservation please visit our AVIS reservation page. This has the corporate discount number already supplied and this account provides insurance coverage. Please do not elect the additional coverage suggested by the car company. For your protection in the event of an accident, please do not rent compact or sub-compact cars.
Personal: One personal call per day of reasonable length may be charged to the University if the traveler has been out of town for more than one day. No receipt is required if less than $10.
Business: Business calls are reimbursable. If included on a room charge, please highlight or otherwise identify them as business calls.
A receipt is required if the fare is over $20.
Convention or Registration Fees
Fees should be prepaid if this will reduce cost (receipt or a paid invoice is required).
Parking & Tolls
A receipt is required if parking cost or tolls are over $10.
- Fines for traffic violations and parking tickets
- Costs associated with legal defense of moving violations
- Alcoholic beverages and smoking materials
- Airline cabin upgrades
- In general, any non-business-related travel, entertainment, etc.
Personal Vehicle versus Commercial Travel
An individual who elects to drive her or his personal vehicle rather than use public transport for business-related travel will be reimbursed for actual miles driven at the current approved rate or an amount equal to airline coach fare, whichever is less.
In the event that an employee elects to use a personal vehicle to transport students or conduct University business, it is the responsibility of the employee to make sure that the vehicle is insured at the following minimums:
Property Damage Liability
When a non-salaried employee travels to a meeting, that employee will be paid at his or her base rate (no differentials) for the time involved. An allowance of two hours for each 100 miles with a limit of eight hours or the length of the shift, if it varies from eight hours, will be granted for travel.
Any changes or cancellations of lodging, convention, or travel reservations should be done enough in advance to avoid “no show” charges. Should this not be possible through no fault of the employee, the University will pay such expenses if they are approved and initialed on the Expense Report by the authorizing signatory.
Mixed Business and Personal Travel
The University does not reimburse for personal receipts or per diem on personal days. Separate business from personal receipts. For IRS purposes, the business reason for the trip must be clearly stated and dated.
Payroll Deduction of Advances
To be in compliance with IRS regulations regarding business travel reimbursements, travel advances will be deducted from an employee’s paycheck if not substantiated with an Expense Report within 60 days of completion of travel.