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Reimbursable / Non-reimbursable Travel-related Expenses

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Expense Reimbursable (Subject to conditions) Conditions
Air Transportation Yes

Traveler should choose the least costly method of transportation that meets the traveler’s scheduling and business needs.

When total flight time, excluding layovers, from departure to arrival is 8 hours or more (including connection domestic legs), travelers may, with preapproval from their unit, upgrade from coach to the next most economical class of travel over coach (business class in most cases, or first class where business is not offered).

Traveler may not pilot their personal or leased aircrafts.

Traveler may not take a private plane or non-approved air charter unless they obtain an exception by the Risk Management Office.

Airline Seat Fee (preferred seating, exit row or aisle seat) Yes Travelers may select their seat to another seat within coach/economy on any flight, when no other coach/economy seats are available or it better meets the traveler’s needs.
Airport Clubs and Lounges Memberships (e.g., Delta Sky Club) Yes Only allowable with valid business reason as determined by approving authority.
Alcoholic Beverages No See Administrative Policy: Hospitality and Other Special Expenses for more information.
Baggage Fees Yes Only allowable for first bag of personal belongings. Second bag is reimbursable if required for equipment, University business, etc., as determined by approving authority.
Change or Cancellation fees, air, hotel, etc. Yes Only allowable with valid business reason as determined by approving authority.
Check Cashing Charges, ATM fees and Bank fees No Included in the daily incidental fee related to per diems.
Gas for Commercial Rental Vehicles Yes Provided the vehicle rental has been approved.
GPS Rental (Global Positioning System) Yes Only allowable with valid business reason as determined by approving authority.
Ground Transportation Yes Must use the least expensive method of transportation (airport shuttles, taxis, car rental, etc.).
Faculty and Staff may not use personal vehicles for University business unless s/he obtains approval from an appropriate authority.
Hotel "No show" Charges No Except in business situations as determined by approving authority.
Incidentals
  • Gratuities (for baggage handling, porters, hotel staff and staff on ships)
  • ATM fees, Bank fees, Check Cashing Charges
No A separate reimbursement is not allowed for these expenses. They are covered within the daily per diem reimbursement.
Inoculations Yes If required for international travel.
Insurance: (domestic vehicle rental)
  • CDW, Collision Damage Waiver
  • LDW, Loss Damage Waiver
Yes (mandatory) Only if renting from a non-contract car rental agency. Full Primary CDW/LDW Coverage is included in the National and Enterprise Car Rental contracts.
Insurance: (international vehicle rental)
  • CDW, Collision Damage Waiver
  • LDW, Loss Damage Waiver
  • SLI, Supplemental Liability Ins.
  • ELP, Extended Liability Ins.
Yes (mandatory) If renting outside the United States.
Insurance (vehicle rental-domestic & international)
  • PEC, Personal Effects Coverage
  • PEI, Personal Effects Ins.
  • PEP, Personal Effects Protection
  • PAI, Personal Accident Ins.
  • ALI, Additional Liability Ins.
  • UMP, Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Protection
No  
Insurance (flight or other trip insurance) Yes Trip insurance may be allowed for business purposes determined by the approving authority.
Insurance (travel health/security, CISI) Yes  
Internet Charges Yes Allowable for business purposes determined by the approving authority.
Laundry/Valet No, except as noted in conditions

Included in the daily incidental fee related to per diems.

However, travelers may request reimbursement for laundry for domestic travel lasting 7 consecutive days or longer.

Lodging Yes Up to 150% (of the night rate, before taxes) of the published per diem amount on the GSA website for domestic or U.S. Department of State website for international. Detailed receipts are required for all lodging.
Meals Yes

Must not exceed the meal per diems published on the GSA website for domestic and U.S. Department of State website for international, including tax and tip.

Reimbursements for first and last days of travel are reimbursed at 75% of the per diem rate.

Mileage Yes

For travelers who use a personal vehicle for University Business for domestic or international travel.

The mileage rate includes gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, and other personal vehicle related costs. Rates can be found on the IRS website.

Reimbursement (mileage and en-route expenses) must not exceed the lowest cost of comparable coach airfare (e.g. advance booking).

Travelers should always use the least expensive method of transportation while in travel status (e.g. airport shuttles, taxis).

Movies (in flight/room) No  
Parking Fees Yes Reasonable. Parking fees at airports or off-airport facilities should not exceed the cost of round trip taxi fare to/from the traveler's home/office.
Passports No Except if specifically required by approving authority for University business.
Registration Fees Yes For legitimate University purposes.
Spousal Travel No For allowable acceptable expenses, refer to Administrative Policy: Hospitality and Other Special Expenses
Student Travel Yes This policy governs student travel when a student is traveling on behalf of the University for official University business only. Other travel must go through the Office of Student Finance.
Taxi Fares Yes Reasonable; not to exceed cost of vehicle rental.
Telephone Calls Yes For University business. Other calls at department discretion.
Toll Charges (bridges, tunnels, public roads) Yes While on University business.
Travel Agency Service Fees Yes For University business travel.
Travelers Check Charge Yes Limited to checks amounting to the total of any cash advance received.
Vehicle Rental Yes When necessary. Rental and gas charges may be reimbursed, but not mileage.
Vehicle (personal) No

A traveler may not use their personal vehicle for University business, unless they have obtained preapproval from their supervisor or manager. Even if approved, personal vehicles are NOT covered by University insurance. The traveler is responsible to insure a personal vehicle used for University business.

Travelers may be reimbursed mileage for domestic or international travel.

Visas for Foreign Travel Yes While on University business.

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