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PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6209
Fax:
910.521.6878
Relay:
910.521.6209
Email:
businessaffairs @uncp.edu

Location: Lumbee Hall, Room 320
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Travel Regulations Mandates by OSB&M

Controller's Office Policy CO 05 94 Revised 3/16/09

A. Purpose: To explain the travel regulations of the State of North Carolina for reimbursement of business travel.

B. Scope: All Business Travel for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

C. Policy: All travel at University expense must be approved by the Department Head or Vice Chancellor responsible over the account or the Chancellor (if travel is out of the country).

1. Out-of-State travel status begins the day the employee leaves the State and remains in effect through the day the employee returns to the State. However, in-State allowances and reimbursement rates apply when official travelers use hotel-motel facilities and eating establishments located in North Carolina immediately prior to and/or returning from out of state during the same travel period.

2. Authorization for excess expenditures for in- or out-of-state may be granted by the Department Head responsible for the account if approved prior to traveling:

a. lodging - when traveler is in a high-cost area and unable to secure lodging within the current allowance (receipts are required).
b. meals - only when a meal is included as part of registration fee and/or when there is a predetermined charge for a meal.
c. rental vehicle:

(1) requires written explanation stating reason rental car is necessary attached to the Travel Request form
(2) used as a last resort
(3) must use company(s) with whom the State has a contract and abide by  that contract (see Controller's Office Policy CO 05 94 a).
(4) Visitors to campus; i.e, prospective faculty, etc., may be reimbursed for:

(a) A maximum of  3 days (5 days or less if one is a Saturday and accompanied with a reduced airfare for a Saturday night stay) or the weekly rate if less than the 3/5 day charge
(b) Must be a flat rate with unlimited mileage or no greater than the flat rate would have been
(c) Visitor must use his personal insurance (UNCP will not pay vehicle insurance)
(d) Must rent a compact vehicle (or a mid-size if a compact vehicle is not available).

3. Use of Automobiles

a. State Cars
Use State Car If Available
When travel by automobile is determined to be feasible, a State car (University car), if available, MUST be used instead of a private car. If a State car is available but a private car is used, the reimbursement rate is $0.30 per mile.

b. Private Cars
Use of Car for Official Business
The University provides reimbursement for University employees at the statutory rate per mile for use of private cars on official business when a State car is not available. An employee may be reimbursed at the standard rate for the use of their personal car when the round trip does not exceed 100 miles.

Private vehicle may be used for convenience instead of flying when on State business at the standard UNCP reimbursement rate at the time of travel plus subsistence expense to the maximum of the documented air-coach/tourist rate.

c. Business Standard Mileage Rate
Effective July 1, 2008 the reimbursement rate is $0.30 per mile if a State car is available and the employee chooses to use his/her own private car.

(1) Effective January 1, 2014, if a State car is NOT available, the reimbursement rate is .56 cents per mile when using his/her private car. Motor Pool verification (dated the day before travel) of no available vehicle must be attached to the re-imbursement form.
(2) An employee may be reimbursed at the standard rate for the use of their personal car when the round trip does not exceed 100 miles.

d. Required Paperwork

(1) For reimbursement when a state vehicle is NOT available Your VEHICLE REQUEST FORM (VRF) must be attached to your travel reimbursement indicating that a state vehicle was NOT available when submitted to the Travel Office. The VRF must dated and signed by either:

Lynn Hayes of Facilities Management
Larry Freeman, Director of Facilities Operations

Please Note: If the VRF is not attached, the Travel Reimbursement form will be returned when employee’s vehicle is used and filing for the .56 cents per mile.

NOTE: To be reimbursed at the State Rate, a vehicle request form must be submitted, even if a Motor Fleet vehicle is not available on the date of the trip.

(2) State Vehicle Reservation: Current contact and procedures for reserving a state vehicle.

(3) Go to: http://www.uncp.edu/fo/how/

(4) Then go to: Reserve a Vehicle?
First, make sure that your current driver's license is on file in our office. Next, call to reserve a vehicle, and then fill out a Vehicle Request Form. This form must be signed by your department head. There is a charge for use of vehicles to the employees department. Departmental account numbers must be provided on the form. Print out the form, fill it in, and return it to Facilities Operations. Read the Vehicle Use Policy.

(5) Still Have Questions? Call Facilities Operations at 910.521.6233 or email at fo@uncp.edu

Walter J. Pinchbeck Maintenance Building
Office Number 125
Phone Number 910-521-6167
Email: ethel.ward@uncp.edu

4. Duty Station for UNCP employees is the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. When a private car is used, (within the guidelines of No. 3 above) actual business mileage is reimbursable. Mileage is measured from the closer of duty station or point of departure to destination and return.

5. More than one employee attending the same meeting should make every effort to share rides.

6. Receipts Required for:

a. motel/hotel
b. taxi, limousine, bus, etc.
c. air fare (passenger receipt from actual airline ticket booklet)
d. tolls
e. parking
f. registration fee (documentation of what the fee amount is and what it covers; such as, meals, snacks, etc.)
g. rental vehicles
h. storage
i. passport (when required for State travel)

7. Air Travel:

a. use the travel agency with whom the University has a contract
b. coach/tourist fare only
c. requires passenger receipt for reimbursement
d. if airline reservation is changed or canceled for the personal benefit of the employee, it shall be the employee's, not the State's, obligation to pay any penalties or charges.
e. frequent flyer miles and/or coupons/certificates earned or acquired during State travel is the property of the State and should be used for employee's next  airfare when on State business
f. employee may claim reimbursement for a meal(s) during commercial air travel while on State business even if a meal is  shown on the flight itinerary
g. when the reduced airfare rates (super saver rates) require staying overnight one Saturday night, the traveler (to be eligible for reimbursement) must stay overnight on the Saturday closest to the first or last day of official State business to which the employee is attending.

8. Daily Travel Status (not overnight) does not require a Travel Request/Authorization form unless
    the travel is out of state. To be eligible for reimbursement of meals: *

Breakfast - depart duty station prior to 6 a.m., extending work day by 2 hours

Lunch - not reimbursable

Dinner - depart Duty Station prior to 5 p.m. and return to duty station after 8 p.m., extending work day by 3 hours

*The time of departure and arrival must be on the Travel Reimbursement form and must include a destination at least 35 miles from employee's point of departure.

9. Overnight Travel Status - Approved Travel Request/Authorization is required prior to travel. Actual (not estimated) time of departure and time of return must be on travel reimbursement form and must be a destination 35 miles or more from employee's home or duty station.

Cancellations of travel reservations (air, lodging, and registration fees) if made for the convenience of the employee are the employee's expense.  These charges are the University's expense only if the employee is requested by the University to cancel the travel.

Baggage Tips - limited to $3 per occurrence; reimbursement over $3 per occurrence must be accompanied by a receipt.

To be eligible for reimbursement of meals:

Breakfast - depart duty station prior to 6 a.m., extending work day by 2 hours

Lunch - depart duty station prior to noon on day of departure - return to duty station after 2 p.m. on day of return

Dinner - depart Duty Station prior to 5 p.m. and return to duty station after 8 p.m., extending work day by 3 hours

*The time of departure and arrival must be on the reimbursement form and must include a destination at least 35 miles from employee's point of departure.

10. Approved Travel Request/Authorization is required if one or more of the following apply:

a. out-of-state travel
b. overnight travel
c. excess is being requested

11. Telephone Calls must be for University business and identified as to destination (person or company) and purpose of call(s) on Travel Reimbursement form except as permitted under Controller's Office Policy CO 10 98.

An employee who is in travel status for two or more consecutive nights in a week is allowed one personal, long-distance telephone call for each two nights for which reimbursement to the employee may not exceed $3 for each in-State call or $5 for each out-of-state call (receipt required).

12. Prospective Professional Employees' travel expenses are limited to transportation and subsistence for a maximum of 3 days (5 days if one is a Saturday and accompanied with a reduced air fare for a Saturday night stay) at the in-State rate .

13. Travel Reimbursement Requests shall be filed for approval and payment within 30 days after the travel period ends for which the reimbursement is being requested (G.S. 138-6.) "Travel Period" is defined as the calendar month during which the travel occurred.

14. Motor Fleet Management Vehicles may only be driven by a State of North Carolina employee with a valid driver's license on file in the University Motor Pool office for official University business. These vehicles are reserved through the campus Motor Pool office using the Vehicle Request and Invoice form.

Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013

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