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Policies and Procedures

Finance & Administration

4-OP-D-2-D Travel

Responsible Division: Finance and Administration
Approving Official: Vice President for Finance & Administration
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
Last Revision Date: July 10, 2017(formatting only)

 

I. INTRODUCTION

A. OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for employees and others who travel on behalf of the University. The University shall minimize the amount of travel expenses paid or reimbursed by ensuring that each travel arrangement, including meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses, is the most cost-effective considering all relevant circumstances. To reduce cost, the University shall consider the use of teleconferencing and other forms of electronic communication whenever possible.

B. DEFINITIONS

Common Carrier – Commercial Train, bus, or airline operating scheduled trips or an established rental car firm.

Complimentary – Term for “payment” method when an expense is paid for or otherwise provided by an organization or entity outside the University by virtue of the Traveler’s business activities or employment.

Conference / Convention – The coming together of persons with a common interest or interests for the purpose of deliberation, interchange of views, or for discussion of their common problems and interests. The term also includes similar meetings such as seminars and workshops which are large formal group meetings that are programmed and supervised to accomplish intensive research, study, discussion and work in some specific field or on a governmental problem or problems. A conference does not mean the coming together of University personnel.

Conference Hotel – The hotel where the conference, convention, meeting, or other event is conducted. A neighboring hotel “suggested” by the event organizer does not necessarily constitute the Conference Hotel.

Domestic Travel – Travel within the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Emergency Travel – Travel that must commence with less than twenty-four (24) hours' notice to the Traveler.

Expense Report – Process used for the reporting of all travel expenses, including travel card purchases, as well as requesting reimbursement to Traveler for out of pocket expenses.

Foreign Travel – Travel outside of the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In-State Travel – Travel within the state of Florida.

Mileage – Mileage while on official travel, based on the shortest routes possible.

• Map Mileage – Travel from city to city.

• Vicinity Mileage – Travel within a specific city, town, or area.

Online Management of Networked Information (OMNI) – The name of the University’s enterprise resource planning system, designed to meet the University’s financial and human resource administration needs.

Physically Handicapped – Any person diagnosed as having a physical disability, including but not limited to blindness, or the loss of one or more life functions leaving that person mobility-impaired (or sensory-impaired) requiring the use of trained animal companions or prosthetic equipment, including, but not limited to, crutches, walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.

Point of Origin – Geographic location of the Traveler’s official headquarters or the geographic location where travel begins, whichever is the lesser distance from the destination. If travel begins more than one hour before or one hour after the travelers regular work hours, the point of origin may be the traveler’s residence, provided that miles claimed may not exceed the miles actually driven.

Sick/Injured – A traveler who becomes sick or injured while away from their official headquarters and is therefore unable to perform the official business of the University may continue to receive subsistence during this period of illness or injury until such time as they are able to perform the official business of the University or return to their official headquarters, whichever is earlier.

Travel Day – A period of 24 hours consisting of four quarters of 6 hours each.

Traveler – The following may be considered allowable University travelers when performing authorized travel: 1) full-time and part-time employees of the University; 2) University consultants or advisors; 3) candidates for University executive or professional positions; 4) University students. Expenses incurred by students are reimbursable if specifically authorized by fellowship, contract, grant, or if the expenses are for a clear University business purpose. A prospective student is not considered an authorized University traveler.

Travel Expenses – Limited to those expenses necessarily incurred by the Traveler in the performance of a public purpose authorized by law to be performed by the University.

Travel Period – A period of time between the time of departure and time of return. It may include reasonable time to reach the airport and early arrival at airport before actual plane departure.

• Class A Travel – Continuous travel of 24 hours or more away from the traveler’s official headquarters.

• Class B Travel – Continuous travel of less than 24 hours, which involves overnight absence from the traveler’s official headquarters.

• Class C Travel – Short or day trips where the traveler is not away from their official headquarters overnight.

 

II.  POLICY

A.  AUTHORITY TO INCUR TRAVEL EXPENSES

Travel request must be submitted via OMNI and contain a statement indicating that the travel is for the official business of the University and the purpose of the travel. All travel must be approved by the Departmental Travel Approver.  If travel is related to Sponsored Research, then the applicable Project Manager must also approve.  In the event, sponsored research travel exceeds $1,000, the Project Supplemental Approver must approve the travel request as well.

 

B.  OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS

The official headquarters of a University employee shall be the city or town in which the assigned office is located except that: 

1.  The official headquarters of a person located in the field shall be the city or town nearest to the area where the majority of their work is performed, or such other city, town, or area as may be designated by their supervisor provided that in all cases such designation must be in the best interests of the University and not for the convenience of the person.

2.  When any University employee is stationed in any city or town for a period of over 30 continuous workdays, such city or town shall be deemed to be their official headquarters, and they will not be allowed per diem or subsistence after the period of 30 continuous workdays has elapsed, unless this period of time is extended by the express approval of the University President.

3.  A traveler may leave their assigned post to return home overnight, over a weekend, or during a holiday, but any time lost from their regular duties shall be taken as annual leave and authorized in the usual manner. The traveler shall not be reimbursed for travel expenses in excess of the established rate for per diem allowed had they remained at their assigned post. However, when a traveler has been temporarily assigned away from their official headquarters for an approved period extending beyond 30 days, they shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses at the established rate of one round trip for each 30-day period actually taken to their home in addition to pay and allowances otherwise provided.

 

C.  COMPUTATION OF TRAVEL TIME FOR REIMBURSEMENT

For purposes of reimbursement and methods of calculating fractional days of travel, the following principles are prescribed:

1.  The travel day for Class A travel will be a calendar day (midnight to midnight). The travel day for Class B travel will begin at the same time as the travel period. For Class A and Class B travel, the traveler will be reimbursed one-fourth of the authorized rate of per diem for each quarter, or fraction thereof, of the travel day included within his or her travel period. Class A and Class B travel will include any assignment on official business outside of regular office hours and away from regular places of employment when it is considered reasonable and necessary to stay overnight and for which travel expenses are approved. Class C meal allowances or per diem are not permissible.

2.  Class A and Class B meal allowances are based on the following schedule:

Breakfast - When travel begins before 6 a.m. and extends beyond 8 a.m.

Lunch - When travel begins before 12 noon and extends beyond 2 p.m.

Dinner - When travel begins before 6 p.m. and extends beyond 8 p.m., or when travel occurs during nighttime hours due to special assignment.

3.  No allowance shall be made for meals, lodging, or per diem when travel is confined to the city or town or within 50 miles of the official headquarters.

4.  Travelers are allowed up to 1 day on domestic travel and 2 days on foreign travel to reach destination

 

D.  DOMESTIC LODGING, MEALS, AND RELATED EXPENSES

Expenses for lodging are reimbursed either on an actual or a per diem basis. Expenses for meals are reimbursed based on applicable rates or a per diem basis. Personal expenses, such as guest accommodations, room service, entertainment and other non-business charges, are the responsibility of the traveler.

1. Lodging - Travelers are expected to use prudent judgment in the selection of lodging while traveling on official university business. Reimbursement is limited to single occupancy unless rental accommodations are shared by more than one authorized traveler. The University may require justification for a single room rate that exceeds $150 per night (room rate only), unless a conference/convention hotel rate is used. Travelers should be prepared to justify situations where hotel costs appear excessive for the areas in which the traveler is staying. An itemized hotel bill showing the actual amount paid, a $0 balance due, and method of payment must accompany a properly completed expense report. A traveler may not claim per diem or reimbursement for lodging for overnight travel within 50 miles of their headquarters or residence. Reimbursement for any lodging included in a convention or conference registration fee, paid by the University, or provided by a third party is not allowed.

2. Meals - The following State of Florida rates are required to be used for reimbursing travel related meal expenses:

• Breakfast $6.00

• Lunch $11.00

• Dinner $19.00

Reimbursement for any meals included in a convention or conference registration fee, paid by the University, or provided by a third party is not allowed. Food service tips are not reimbursable.

3. Per Diem - In certain cases, it may not be practical or possible to establish actual reimbursable expenses for lodging and/or meals. In such cases, a per diem charge in lieu of actual expenses may be reimbursed. The University’s per diem rate for domestic and foreign travel is $80 per day. Meals and/or lodging may not be claimed in combination with per diem. Any meals included in a convention or conference registration fee or paid by a third party, on behalf of the traveler, must be deducted from the per diem rate.

4. Business Expenses – Other expenses normally associated with travel.  They are reimbursable regardless of whether a traveler receives lodging and meal reimbursement on an actual expense or per diem basis and provided adequate documentation is included in the expense report.  They include registration fees, communication fees, portage, and incidental travel expenses clearly related to the purpose of the travel.

• Registration Fees – Registration fees incurred as a result of University business are allowable and must be substantiated with an agenda, paid receipt, and printed documents indicating the registration fee, and the place and date of the event.

• Communication Fees – Communication expenses, including telephone calls, wires, internet and/or faxes, incurred as a result of University business are reimbursable. Communication expenses to contact the traveler’s family or for other non-business purposes are not eligible for reimbursement. Any calls to a traveler's personal residence for which the traveler is asking reimbursement must be justified. All communication expenses must be substantiated by a receipt.

• Portage – Portage charges shall not exceed $1 per bag or a total of $5 per occasion.

• Incidental Travel Expenses – Other incidental travel expenses of the traveler may be reimbursed upon presentation of a receipt as follows:

-Actual laundry, dry-cleaning and pressing expenses when official travel extends beyond seven days and such expenses are necessarily incurred to complete the official business portion of the trip.

-Actual passport and visa fees required for official travel.

-Actual and necessary fees charged to purchase traveler's checks for official travel expenses.

-Actual fee charged to exchange currency necessary to pay official travel expenses.

-Actual cost of maps necessary for conducting official business

-Rental of GPS units necessary for conducting official business. The most economical method would be to purchase a GPS unit to be maintained in the department for traveler’s official use.

5. Claimed Reimbursement - Travelers are entitled to claim the greater of the daily $80 per diem or the actual daily amounts permitted for meals and lodging. If a traveler agrees to receive less than they are entitled to for reimbursable items or travel expenses are capped at a certain limit, the traveler’s acceptance must be documented and signed by the traveler prior to the trip. The department submitting the travel is required to maintain the documentation.

 

E. TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED EXPENSES

Travelers are to choose the most practical and economical mode of transportation, and are to generally travel the most direct route. Consideration is to be given to the total cost to the University, considering time of the traveler, impact on the productivity of the traveler, cost of transportation, and per diem or subsistence required.

1. Commercial Transportation

The University reimburses commercial fares for economy/coach accommodations. First class transportation is not allowed. Air travel is recommended when the cost of an employee’s time is an important factor or when travel time by other methods would increase the subsistence expense.

The traveler must retain all transportation ticket receipts for purposes of documenting travel expense amounts. This includes showing the purchase amount of the ticket and method of payment.

Penalties for cancellation of tickets may be paid from University funds only if the cause for cancellation is in the best interest of the University or if the cancellation is due to illness of the traveler or illness or death of a member of the traveler’s immediate family, for which an employee is authorized to use sick or administrative leave. If the ticket is canceled for the convenience of the traveler, the cancellation penalty may not be paid or reimbursed from University funds. Travelers or persons making travel arrangements should carefully evaluate the circumstances and risk of cancellation prior to the purchase of tickets in order to avoid or at least minimize the cancellation penalty. When it is determined that it is in the best interest of the University to cancel a ticket and pay the cancellation penalty, justification detailing the circumstances surrounding the cancellation must be included in the expense report submitted to the Travel Office.

The University will not reimburse for any tickets paid by reward points (i.e., sky miles, motel reward points, or any other type of customer reward program). The University will also not allow reimbursement for the value of complimentary tickets.

2. Automobile Rental

Travelers shall make use of the State of Florida Enterprise/National contract, when renting vehicles. Failure to use the State Enterprise/National contract will require written justification. In the event the traveler fails to justify their use of another vendor, any additional cost will be borne by the traveler. If it is necessary to rent a vehicle from another vendor, the renter should purchase collision and comprehensive coverage insurance from the vendor. Do not purchase liability coverage – contingent upon the employee being at fault, the University will accept liability for damages to the other vehicle.

The State Enterprise/National contract requires the rental of a compact size vehicle (class B), or a justification detailing the necessity for a larger vehicle. An individual’s size nor stature is not a valid justification for a larger vehicle. Reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to retain the confirmation number for future reference. In the event an economy size vehicle is reserved, but at the time of rental is not available, a larger vehicle will be substituted at no additional cost. The State Enterprise/National contract does not reimburse the traveler for gasoline purchases. Enterprise/National recommends returning the vehicle with a full tank of gas. The use of the University’s travel card may be used for gasoline purchases on rental vehicles. Non-University persons may receive the Enterprise/National State contract rates only when reservations are made on their behalf by departments using the University issued travel card with the Enterprise/National contract number.

3. Private Automobile

When travel by private automobile is chosen over commercial transportation in order to save time, to transport equipment, or to reduce costs when a number of people are traveling together to the same destination, reimbursement to the traveler is made on the basis of mileage traveled. The reimbursement rate is set at the State of Florida mileage allowance rate in effect at the time of travel, currently 44.5 cents per mile. The mileage allowance covers all operating costs of the vehicle. Repair costs are not reimbursable, whether they result from the traveler’s acts or the acts of others.

All mileage shall be shown from point of origin to point of destination and, when possible, shall be computed on the basis of the current map of the Department of Transportation. MapQuest is to be used if the current map from Department of Transportation does not provide locations necessary for mileage determination. Vicinity mileage necessary for the conduct of official business is allowable but must be shown as a separate item on the expense report. Excessive vicinity mileage may require justification. Miles should be rounded down to the nearest whole mile.

Travelers who accept mileage reimbursed at a lesser rate per mile or at an amount less than what the full mileage allowance would be must sign a statement that documents this selection. This document will be maintained in the department submitting the travel expense report.

4. Miscellaneous Transportation Related Expenses

Tolls, parking fees, shuttle services, and taxi fares may be reimbursed. Documentation required is as follows:

Tolls – Necessary and reasonable tolls are reimbursable. Tolls $25 and under do not require receipts.

Parking Fees – Necessary and reasonable parking fees are reimbursable. Mandatory Valet parking and reasonable tips ($1 per occasion), are reimbursable. Parking fees $25 and under do not require receipts.

Shuttle Service – The cost of shuttle service to and from transportation stations, plus reasonable tips (15%), are reimbursable. Shuttle Charges $25 and under do not require receipts.

Taxi Services – Taxi fares, plus reasonable tips (15%), are reimbursable when public transportation or shuttle service is not practical. Taxi fares $25 and under do not require receipts.

Baggage Fees – Required transportation baggage fees are reimbursable. Baggage fees $25 and under do not require receipts.

Traffic Fines – Traffic and parking fines received while driving rental, personal, or university-owned vehicles are not reimbursable and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Miscellaneous Expenses – Other expenses, such as locksmith fees and rental car cleaning charges, are not reimbursable and are the responsibility of the traveler.

5. Prohibited Transportation Reimbursements

In case a person travels by an indirect route for their convenience, any extra costs shall be borne by the traveler and reimbursement for expenses will be based only on such charges as would have been incurred by a usually traveled route.

No traveler is allowed either mileage or transportation expense when they are gratuitously transported by another person or when they are transported by another traveler who is entitled to mileage or transportation expense.

 

F.  TRAVEL ADVANCES

Travel advances may be issued to authorized University travelers.

1. Travel advances may not exceed 100% of the estimated travel expenses which will ultimately be reimbursed to the traveler. When the travel period has ended, the traveler should promptly complete and submit for approval the expense report for the travel period for which they received an advance. The cash advance must be applied to the expense report in the OMNI system.

• If the traveler was advanced funds in excess of the travel expenses allowed for a particular travel period, the traveler must submit a refund to the University within 10 working days of the traveler's return to their headquarters.

• If the travel expenses are greater than or equal to the amount of the advance, the expense report should be completed and submitted to the Travel Office within 10 working days of the traveler's return to their headquarters.

2. A traveler may not have travel advances outstanding for more than one trip at any time without written justification of circumstances which require an exception to this restriction.

 

G.  DIRECT PAYMENT OF EXPENSES BY THE UNIVERSITY

The University may make direct payments to vendors for meals and lodging in situations that result in a cost savings to the University. The rule of thumb is a 20% savings. Such payments must be approved in advance by the Travel Office. Direct payment may be requested on a Travel Purchase Order, which can be obtained through the Travel Office. Travel Purchase Orders should be submitted to the Travel Office and clearly show the cost savings, how it was calculated, reason for the trip, benefit to the University, the names of travelers for whom meals and /or lodging are being provided, and which travelers are University employees.

 

H.  FRAUDULENT CLAIMS

Travelers are reminded that Section 112.061(10), Florida Statutes specifically requires that travel reimbursements contain a statement that the expenses were actually incurred by the traveler as necessary travel expenses in the performance of his or her official duties and shall be verified by a written declaration that it is true and correct as to every material matter. This statement is viewed as having been signed by the traveler when the expense report and/or other travel related materials are submitted by the traveler or traveler’s authorized travel representative on the traveler’s behalf. Any person who willfully makes and subscribes any such claim which they do not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter, or who willfully aids or assists in, or procures, counsels, or advises the preparation or presentation under the provisions of this section of a claim which is fraudulent or false as to any material matter, whether or not such falsity or fraud is with the knowledge or consent of the person authorized or required to present such claim, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. Whoever receives an allowance or reimbursement by means of a false claim will be civilly liable in the amount of the overpayment for the reimbursement of the public fund from which the claim was paid.

 

I.  SPONSORED PROJECT TRAVEL

Travel reimbursements are generally limited to those allowed by University policies. However, certain sponsored projects (including state grants) may contain provisions that further limit the amount and type of reimbursable travel expenditures. Travelers and/or appropriate sponsored projects personnel should ensure any proposed travel is in accordance with the sponsored project’s agreement before the travel begins.

 

J.  FLY AMERICA ACT

The Fly America Act (49 U.S.C. 40118) requires that all federally funded travel (OMNI funds 520 – 524) be on a US flag carrier or US flag carrier service provided under a code-share agreement, except under specific situations. When booking international travel, the Principal Investigator of the award is responsible for complying with the Fly America Act. The cost of travel subject to the Fly America Act that does not adhere to this policy will be borne by the Principal Investigator’s department or will need to be moved to a suitable non-federal funding source.

The United Sates Government has entered into several air transport agreements that allow federal funded transportation services for travel to use foreign air carriers under certain circumstances. There are currently four bilateral/multilateral “Open Skies Agreements” (U.S. Government Procured Transportation) in effect and can be found on the GSA’s website. To easily ensure compliance with the Fly America Act, purchase all airline tickets for international travel that will be charged to a federal grant thru a US flag carrier (Delta, American, United, etc.) or use a travel agency for your booking. Most travel agents are not familiar with this regulation, so confirm the travel agent is aware that the travel is federally-funded and must adhere to this act.

Exemptions must be documented by completing the “Foreign Travel Justification for Use of Non-U.S. Flag Carrier” form found on the Sponsored Research Accounting Services website. This exemption form must be pre-approved by Sponsored Research Accounting Services prior to travel. In no case is the use of a foreign air carrier justified because of cost, convenience, or traveler preference. International Airfare booked on a U.S. flag carrier service will not require an exemption.

Guidelines for determining unavailability of U.S. flag air carrier service

1. Travel to and from the United States - Passenger service by a U.S. flag air carrier will not be considered available when the travel is between a gateway airport in the United States and a gateway airport abroad    and the gateway airport abroad is:

a. The traveler’s origin or destination airport, and the use of the U.S. flag air carrier service would extend the time in a travel status, including delay at origin and accelerated arrival at destination, by at least 24 hours more than the travel by foreign air carrier;

b. An interchange point, and the use of U.S. flag air carrier service would require the traveler to wait 6 hours or more to make connections at that point, or delayed departure from or accelerated arrival at the gateway airport in the U.S. would extend the time in a travel status by at least 6 hours more than travel by foreign air carrier.

2. Travel between two points outside the United States - For travel between two points outside the United States, U.S. flag air carrier service will not be considered to be reasonably available:

a. If travel by foreign air carrier would eliminate two or more aircraft changes in route;

b. Where one of the two points abroad is the gateway airport in route to or from the United States, if the use of a U.S. flag air carrier would extend the time in a travel status by at least 6 hours more than travel by a foreign air carrier, including accelerated arrival at the overseas destination or delayed departure from the overseas origin, as well as delay at the gateway airport or other interchange point abroad; or

c. Where the travel is not part of a trip to or from the United States, if the use of a U.S. flag air carrier would extend the time in a travel status by at least 6 hours more than travel by foreign air carrier including delay at origin, delay in route and accelerated arrival at destination.

3. Short distance travel - For all short distance travel, regardless of origin and destination, U.S. flag air carrier service will not be considered available when the elapsed travel time on a scheduled flight from origin to destination airport by foreign air carrier is 3 hours or less and service by U.S. flag air carrier would involve twice the travel time.

4. Exemptions - If an exemption is needed:

• Complete the Foreign Travel Justification for Use of Non-U.S. Flag Carrier Form, located on the Office of Research website, indicating the reason for the exemption.

• Attach a proposed itinerary of the trip.

• Email documents to the Sponsored Research Accounting Services Accounting Coordinator assigned to your department for approval.

 

K.  REQUIREMENTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENDITURES BY PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED TRAVELERS

When a physically handicapped traveler incurs travel expenses in excess of those ordinarily authorized, and the excess travel expenses were incurred to permit the safe travel of that handicapped traveler, those excess expenses will be reimbursed to the extent that the expenses were reasonable and necessary for the safe travel of that individual.

All such claims for reimbursement shall be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

L.  WORKER'S COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES INCURRED DURING TRAVEL

University travelers are eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits during periods of travel which are necessary to perform the official business of the University. Travelers are not eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits during activities which deviate from the normal course and scope of the official business, such as vacations or personal enterprise, even though the activities may be combined with periods of travel for official business.

1.  Claims and inquiries regarding Worker's Compensation benefits should be directed to the Worker's Compensation Section of Environmental Health and Safety.

2.  Travel Authorization Requests provide substantiating documentation which may be useful in the verification of claims. Travel which does not require funding may be approved, documented, and filed within the department for this purpose. It is not necessary to send documentation to the Travel Office when no University funds are to be used.

3.  Failure to comply with motor vehicle regulations, such as speed limits and use of seat belts, may result in reduced Worker's Compensation benefits should an accident occur while on official business.

 

M.  INTEREST PENALTY

If reimbursement is not issued within 40 days of the date that a properly completed expense report is approved by all required levels and available for pre-payment audit, the traveler will be paid interest at the rate of 1% per month calculated on a daily basis on the unpaid balance from the expiration of the 40 day period until such time as the warrant is issued to the traveler.

 

N.  FOREIGN TRAVEL

Travelers should exercise prudence when traveling to a foreign location. Before making travel plans, the U.S. Department of State’s international travel advisory information should be reviewed, https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html. Travel to United States Government listed States of Terror is not allowed. Review the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on the U.S. Department of State’s website, http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm, before making travel plans.

The University may reimburse authorized travelers for foreign travel based on the current rates of per diem as specified in the federal publication Standardized Regulations, Foreign Areas (https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=184&menu_id=78). The Standardized Regulations, Foreign Areas provides for foreign per diem rates made up of three components; maximum lodging allowance, individual meal allowance, and incidental expense allowance. The University does not reimburse for incidental expenses based on a per diem basis, but only actual incidental expenses incurred. Receipts must be provided to support the cost of all lodging for reimbursement up to the prescribed maximum under the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines. Incidental expenses must be supported in accordance with University Travel policies. U.S. Department of State’s rates received in advance, for planning purposes, should be considered estimates of the rates which may be applicable at the time of travel.

Rates for foreign travel shall not begin until the date and time of arrival in the foreign country from the United States and shall terminate on the date and time of departure from the foreign country to the United States. Rates for foreign travel shall not be claimed for any quarter in which domestic meal allowances or per diem is claimed. When a traveler departs from one foreign geographic location to another, reimbursement will be calculated at the applicable meal rate based on the departure location until arrival at the destination. University policies concerning complimentary lodging and/or meals still apply to foreign travel.

When preparing the expense report, amounts should be entered in US dollars. If receipts are in a foreign language and currency, each item should be identified and the rate of exchange for conversion to U.S. dollars (USD) should be noted. The applicable USD exchange rates are those rates which are in effect the day the transaction occurs, for example the day a hotel bill is paid. The primary source for these rates is OANDA website (http://www.oanda.com/cgi-bin/ncc). Other sources are bank or credit card statements and currency exchange receipts provided by the traveler.

A foreign conference or convention may require for the registration fee to be paid by a foreign wire/draft in U.S. dollars or foreign currency. The department should send the Travel Office a Foreign Vendor Payment Request Form, which includes the Travel Authorization number and the registration form provided by the conference/convention. In the event a traveler requires payment by a foreign wire, a Foreign Vendor Payment Request Form (PA-10) should be completed in conjunction with an expense report. The expense report must contain comments indicating that the payment will be made via wire and then be audited by the Central Travel Office. All related travel expense documentation must be submitted via OMNI. The associated bank wire fees will be charged to the department.

 

O.  CHARTER AIRCRAFT SERVICE

A charter aircraft is available to provide a means of travel allowing designated officials and employees to maximize the productivity of their offices by limiting non-productive travel time. The aircraft assigned shall be capable of safe and reliable flight during night or instrument conditions, and shall be available on request either to meet pre-planned trip requirements or those of an unforeseen or emergency nature. The use of the charter aircraft is advised when it is cost-justifiable or in the best interest of the University. Travel to the same destination should be coordinated if possible with regards to time constraints.

1. Eligible Travelers

Travelers are required to have proper authorization from their division head. The Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet (TRV-02), must list the justification for use, contain the division head's signature, and be submitted to the Travel Office prior to departure. The following officials, due to the nature and time sensitivity of their respective positions, will need to complete only sections 1 and 2 of the "Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet."

• University President

• Provost

• Vice-President Finance and Administration

• Vice-President Student Affairs

• Vice-President University Relations

• Vice-President of Research

• Director of Athletics

• Head Football Coach

• Head Men's Basketball Coach

• Head Women's Basketball Coach

• President of Seminole Boosters

• President of FSU Foundation

(Passengers who are traveling in the company of any of the above listed officials, or sanctioned by one of these officials, are required to be listed in section 2 of the "Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet." Further justification is not required for their flight.)

If a passenger's flight is not payable by the University, the responsible department should obtain appropriate billing information at the time the flight arrangements are made. The department is responsible for submitting this information to Student Business Services using the Accounts Receivable Charge Input Document, once the charter service invoice has been received by the department and the individual's flight charge has been determined. Refer to the Airfare Calculation section below for further details. It is the department's responsibility to make the traveler aware of the estimated charge prior to flight departure as provided by the contracted charter carrier.

 

2. Airfare Calculation

Calculation of airfare for individuals is based on the following formulas:

• If all charges are lawfully payable from University, each passenger's flight charge will be a sum equal to the direct costs of aircraft operation including any allowable flight crew expenses divided by the actual number of passengers that traveled.

(Example: The aircraft has a total of eight (8) passenger seats, five (5) University employees travel, and the cost of charter is $3,000.00. The amount chargeable for each employee is $600.00.

• If a portion of the aircraft charge is due from a person for whom travel will not be reimbursed by University, each such private traveler shall be charged the sum equal to the direct costs of aircraft operation including any allowable flight crew expenses divided by the number of passenger seats in the aircraft. The number of passenger seats per plane as designated by the charter carrier.

The remaining direct operating costs and allowable flight crew expenses shall be prorated among the actual number of travelers paid from University or public funds.

Example: The aircraft has a total of eight (8) passenger seats and five (5) passengers travel, Four (4) passengers are University employees, and the cost of the charter is $3,200.00. $3,200.00 divided by 8 seats = $400.00 (amount due from traveler for flight not paid by University or public funds.) $3,200.00 less 400.00 = $2,800.00 (Total to be paid from University or public funds.) $2,800.00 divided by 4 University passengers = $700.00 per University or public funds passenger.

3. Travel Expenses

Meals and other travel expenses for individual travelers are only reimbursed in accordance with State of Florida Statutes and University Policy and Procedures regarding travel. Payment is the responsibility of the individual traveler not the charter service provider or its employees. Appropriate reimbursements will be processed using current travel reimbursement methods upon return of traveler by the responsible department.

 

4.  Payment Processing

The department must complete a Payment Request Form and submit the Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet, the contracted air carrier's invoice, and the Accounts Receivable Charge Input Document, if applicable, to the Central Travel Office.

The contract carrier invoice shall list aircraft type, itemized expenses, flight hours, flight date, destination(s) and all passenger names. Flight crew expenses will be reimbursable only in accordance with the current State of Florida travel reimbursement laws, Section 112.061, Florida Statutes.

Flight amounts due from non-University sources will be processed from the designated budget number on the Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet for that passenger. The payment from the non-University source will be applied to the budget from which payment to the contracted charter carrier was made as listed on the Contract Air Carrier Use Worksheet.

5. Inappropriate Use

The aircraft shall not be routed for any traveler's personal convenience. Any improper use of charter aircraft will be reported to the University President, who will take just and proper action as dictated by the circumstances in compliance with existing personnel rules and regulations regarding disciplinary actions.

               

III.           LEGAL SUPPORT, JUSTIFICATION, AND REVIEW OF THIS POLICY

                SPECIFIC AUTHORITY

Florida Statute 112.061 – Per Diem and travel expenses of public officers, employees, and authorized person

This policy shall be reviewed by the Associate VP for Finance & Administration (AVP) every seven years for its effectiveness. The AVP shall make recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administration for any modification or elimination.