The University of Connecticut (University), here defined as all campuses and programs except for UConn Health, recognizes and supports the need for faculty, staff, and students (undergraduate and graduate) to travel for conferences, events, and other purposes that further the reputation of the University and enhance the productivity of the University community. Likewise, the University may also find it important to entertain guests.
University business includes travel and entertainment related to activities such as program accreditation, student assessment, academic programming, clinical placements, presentations at or participation in conferences, professional development, fundraising, continuing education, travel related to an employee’s official duties, and many other important activities that support the intellectual and operational endeavors of the University.
At the same time, as a State agency, we must respect and safeguard our travel privileges and funds. We must practice fiscal, ethical, and public responsibility. This policy sets forth rules and procedures that balance the University’s business travel and entertainment needs with sound stewardship of public resources.
This policy addresses the most common aspects of University business travel and entertainment. It cannot contemplate every situation that might arise, however. Travelers and administrators with questions should contact their supervisor or University Business Services for guidance before they arrange their travel.
This policy applies to all University employees, students, and guests, including but not limited to recruits and job candidates. The policy shall also apply to the travel and entertainment expenses of contractors, unless the applicable contract provides terms inconsistent with this policy. Where the policy is intended to apply differently to any of the above University business travelers, it will be so stated in the appropriate section of the policy. This policy covers all types of University travel for individuals, groups, and team travel. Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) may be subject to additional and/or different policies and procedures regarding travel and entertainment. For such employees, in the event of a conflict between this policy and the applicable CBA, the CBA shall control.
Last Updated 5/5/2020