APS #4024


Travel Authorization

Brief Description

Sets forth university requirements for authorizing official university business travel.

Reason for Policy

This policy and related procedures have been developed to consolidate and clarify the requirements for obtaining authorization to travel on behalf of the University.

Policy Profile

APS Policy Title: 
Travel Authorization
APS Number: 
Effective Date: 
July 20, 2012
Approved By: 
President Bruce D. Benson
Responsible University Officer: 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Responsible Office: 
Office of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Policy Contact: 
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Last Reviewed/Updated date: 
July 20, 2012
Applies to: 
Travel Authorization APS, effective January 1, 2011

I. Introduction

II.  Policy Statement

  1. Authorization for official university business travel is required in advance of the trip.
  2. The type of authorization depends on the trip destination and the type of traveler, as outlined below.
    1. In-State and Out-of-State University Business Travel
      • Department approval is required for all travelers.
    2. International University Business Travel

III.  Definitions

Italicized terms are identified in the Policy Glossary.

IV.  Related Policies, Procedures, Forms, Guidelines and Other Resources

  1. Procedures
  2. Other Resources (i.e., Training, Contact Information)
    1. Educational resources including guides, training notifications, and newsletters are announced and available on the Procurement Service Center web site.
    2. The Finance and Procurement Help Desk will respond to questions and provide guidance regarding interpretation of this policy. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Assistant Vice President/Chief Procurement Officer.

V.  History

  1. Revisions dated 7/20/2012
    • Corrects defined term officers (previously incorrectly italicized as officers of the University). The correction in italicization does not change any policy or procedural requirements.
  2. Revisions dated 5/2/2011
    • With the implementation of the Concur Travel component of the Concur Travel & Expense System, the technical (system) requirement of TA numbers (Travel Authorization numbers) has been eliminated. This technicality does not change the requirements for obtaining approval to travel.
  3. Revisions dated 1/1/2011
    • Expanded authority of APS from international travel authorization only, to authorization broadly for all university business travel (in-state, out-of-state, and international).
  4. Revisions dated 10/1/2007
    • Updated references under Section III (Procedures, Forms, Guidelines, Resources)
  5. Supersedes
    • International Travel Administrative Policy Statement dated 10/1/2007

VI.  Key Words

travel, authorization, in-state, out-of-state, international