19.9 Non-Employee Travel
This section addresses non-employee travel to include students, consultants, and individuals applying for a job at the institution. Travel expenses for non-employees should be limited to certain circumstances as described below:
Students authorized to travel for participation in academic programs and sanctioned student events to include athletic and recruiting events. Students include individuals enrolled to take classes at an institution, including students enrolled in Continuing Education, and individuals being recruited as potential students.
Individuals contracted to perform a service for the institution where the contract provides for travel expense reimbursement.
Research, academic conference, or academic event travel funded by a grant award to the institution in those instances when the grant award specifically authorizes payment for non-employee travel in support of research, academic conference, or academic event.
Job applicant travel associated with an interview as specified in institutional policy. Institutions electing to pay travel expenses for job applicants shall develop a policy, approved by the president, which addresses the positions that are eligible for travel expense reimbursement. When developing this policy, consideration should be given to funding availability and the business necessity of paying travel. Consideration also should be given to allowing travel expenses to be paid only for senior administration and faculty job applicants. Any exceptions to the institution policy shall be pre-approved by the institution president.
Viable methods to pay job applicants include:
- Including interview expenses in the contract with an external search firm.
- Requiring a job candidate to perform a service to the institution, such as a presentation on subject matter applicable to the position applied for. Consideration provided to the candidate for this service would be the reimbursement of travel expenses.
- Requesting travel expense reimbursement for the job candidate from the Foundation.
Note: Reimbursement of authorized travel expenses is subject to the allowable limits and conditions as discussed in BPM Section 4.4 through 4.9. All travel expenses in these categories should be charged to account 6501XX and properly documented using a travel form designed for that purpose.