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TravelPolicy Overview
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Policy Overview
This is only ageneral overviewfor Northern Arizona University faculty,staffand students traveling on University business.Thesepoliciesapply to all NAU travel regardless offunding source.
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Refer to the NAUtravelpolicies and procedures for complete travel information, available at http://home.nau.edu/comptr/policy.asp.Travel arrangements and reservations are made by the traveler or designated representative, in conjunction with departmental approval and a Travel Specialist.
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Reimbursementmust not exceed the actual amount of travel-related expenses, is limited to expense of travel by the most direct and usually traveled route, and by the most economical means of transport.Any portion of travel which is not in the best interest of the University will not be reimbursed.Areimbursement will be sent by direct deposit. If you opted out of a direct deposit, a check will be sent to the mailing address on file.
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All out-of-state travel requires advance approval. Contact your Travel Specialist about requirements for in-state travel.A signed Record of Absence (ROA) form is required for all employees traveling on University business. Contact your Travel Specialist for in- and out-of-state requirements.An Academic Institutional Excuse form is required for all students traveling on University business.
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Traveler Responsibilities
Within five working days after returning from a trip, all required original receipts must be submitted to your Travel Specialist for reimbursement of travel expenses.The Travel Expenses Summary (Exhibit J) must be completed for all NAU funded travel. If all expenses are paid via the PCard, it is recommended that the Exhibit J be attached to the PCard transaction log.
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Purchasing Card
Using the University Purchasing Card is faster, convenient, and safer than carrying a large amount of cash. Travel policies must be applied when using the University Purchasing Card.For information about thePurchasing Card, contact your department Purchasing Card liaison.
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Lodging
Lodging expense is reimbursable only for authorized travel on officialUniversitybusiness outside a radius of 50 miles from the traveler’s personal residence and regular duty post.To be eligible for reimbursement, lodging must be at a commercial establishment and the individual is required to request the lowest available rate (e.g., the government, commercial, or corporate rate).
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Reimbursable lodging expenses include the actual cost of a single occupant room plus taxes and all mandatory service charges (parking, resort fees, etc.) that are charged by the facility and not required by law.Additional expenses for room features, personal items, etc, incurred for the convenience of the traveler are not reimbursable.
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Original itemized receipts are required for reimbursement of all lodging expenses and all communications expenses.Do not direct bill NAU. If personal expenses are incurred,theymust be paid with a personal credit card and not the University PurchasingCard.
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Documentation of University Business
Provide a detailed invitation, brochure, agenda, itinerary, email communication to theTravelSpecialist.This documentation must substantiateUniversitybusiness and include information regarding the beginning and ending dates, registration fees, lodging costs, included meals and program itinerary.
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Business Communication
Business related communications charges, are reimbursable if documented by original receipts or are included in the itemized lodging receipt.Business –related calls should be noted on the hotel receipt,personalphone calls are not reimbursable.
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Meals and Incidentals
Claims for meals and incidentals should never exceed actual expenses.Reimbursement will not be allowed for meals provided at no cost or on a complimentary basis by the facility at which one is lodged, at a state institution, or meals that are included in the cost for other travel related expenses, such as an event fee or airfare.
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Partial day M&IE reimbursement applies when a traveler is in overnight travel status outside a radius of 50 miles.Contact your Travel Specialist for M&IE reimbursement requirements.
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Reimbursement Rate Index
A traveler must be in overnight travel status outside a radius of 50 miles from the traveler’s personal residence and duty post to be eligible for M&IE reimbursement.Although they normally do so, the amounts allowed for M&IE are not necessarily intended to cover the entire cost of a meal taken while in travel status.
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The amounts are more than sufficient to compensate the traveler for the estimated difference between the cost of a meal taken on the road and the cost of a meal prepared at home.A traveler will be reimbursed M&IE based on the State rates defined in the following table.
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Airfare
Coach, economy or other discounted class of fare must be used for commercial airline travel.Travelers andTravel Specialistswill check for the lowest total fare including additional fees such as reservation, checked baggage, seat assignments, etc and consider connecting flights when practical.
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Baggage handling and storage fees are reimbursed at the discretion of department leadership.Gratuities are limited to the industry standard for tipping on baggage of $1 per bag. Gratuity in excess of $1 per bag is considered part of M&IE and will not be reimbursed. Flight insurance purchased by the traveler is not reimbursable.
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Ground Transportation
Transportation expenses may be incurred and reimbursed for authorized travel onUniversitybusiness.Receipts are required for all local transportation fares greater than $25.00 per trip.
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A valid Driver’s license is required and must be entered on his Annual Travel Certification before driving onUniversitybusiness.Contact your Travel Specialist for in- and out-of-state transportation requirements.
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Mileage Reimbursement
Mileage for the Traveler’s Vehicle is reimbursed at the State Rate of 44.5 cents per.The traveler may only be reimbursed for the most direct route to and from each destination.Mileage may be calculated by an actual mileage log with odometer readings and specific addresses, or a printed copy of another method such as Mapquest.com web site.
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A privately owned motor vehicle may be used for out-of-state travel with approval from the traveler’s supervisor. Justification for such use must be noted as an exception to policy on the Exhibit J.Contact your Travel Specialist on qualifications of reimbursable mileage. Travelers usingUniversityfleet vehicles will not be allowed to claim mileage.
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Rental Cars
Travelers will need prior approval from an appropriate official for the use of a rental car.Leased vehicles must not be used when taxis, buses and other alternatives are more economical.
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Rental vehicles are not allowed when staying at a designated place of lodging listed in the brochure, agenda, etc.The original rental car contract and receipt received from the rental car company are required for reimbursement.
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Purchase of rental insurance and/or a Prepaid Fuel Option is not a reimbursable expense.Contact your Travel Specialist for in- and out-of-state requirements.
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Gasoline Receipts
Receipts must show dates, name of vendor, amount paid. Reimbursement is only allowable for personal vehicle or rental car.ThePCardmay only be used for rental car fuel.
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Travel Advances
Advances shall be restricted to unusual situations and be documented on the Exhibit J and approved by theTravel Specialist, exception to policy signer and department leadership.A travel advance may not exceed 80% of the total estimated meals and lodging expenses.
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Foreign Currency/Receipts
All travel claims will be submitted in U.S. dollars. If foreign currency conversion is required, use the actual exchange rate for each transaction, or the median or interbank exchange rate.Receipts for reimbursable travel expenses must be translated into English prior to submission for claim processing.
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When personal travel is taken while on official travel status, the exact hour of departure and return to the temporary duty post must be communicated to your Travel Specialist.M&IE is not granted for the personal period nor expenses allowed for transportation to and from the temporary duty post.
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Personal Travel
All details of the transaction must be translated including vendor name, date, amount, etc.http://home.nau.edu/comptr/travel.asp
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