Travel

Travel Memo Update Effective 10-1-12:

In July 2012, the State Accounting Office revised the Georgia Travel and Expense policy to provide guidance supporting the implementation of the State’s comprehensive travel program previously announced. University System of Georgia institutions were allowed to implement the changes on October 1, 2012. 

Following is a Summary of Procedural Changes at VSU to be in compliance with State of Georgia and USG travel regulations.

Summary of Procedural Changes at VSU

Traveler and approver will sign off on the Travel Authorization form that they will follow the state guidelines for travel arrangements and cost (including airfare, etc). Approvers are "certifying" expenses. Traveler will print copy of their submitted expense report and attach receipts AND include documentation substantiating that they have followed the state guidelines for travel arrangements and cost (including airfare, etc) and forward to their approver, who will use this to certify expenses. Someone in a position of higher administrative authority must approve travel expense. Require that expense reports be no later than 60 days following completion of the trip (including travel advances). For overnight trips, traveler will receive 75% of allowable per diem on the day of departure and return. PeopleSoft has been programmed to make this adjustment. For non-overnight trips: travelers will receive 100% of the allowable per diem if travelers are away for more than (12) hours and travel more than 50 miles from home or headquarters. PeopleSoft has been programmed to make this adjustment.

Travel AuthorizationsRequest for Authority to Travel (Web Form - Paper Copies will not be accepted).***
A REQUEST FOR AUTHORITY TO TRAVEL MUST BE COMPLETE, ALL APPROVALS OBTAINED AND SUBMITTED TO ACCOUNTS PAYABLE BEFORE TRAVEL OCCURS.

Fleet Vehicle Reservations -  http://services.valdosta.edu/auxit/vehiclereservationform.aspx

Expense Reimbursements - PeopleSoft Expenses module (Self Service).
Please read the Travel Procedures as it will assist all University faculty, staff and students to prepare, plan and process travel requests and reimbursements prior to departure.

Regulations

Documents Needed for travel

VSU Travel

Per Diem Rates

Other Tips

  • Make sure you have an approved Travel Authorization prior to travel
  • Standing Authorizations to Travel within the State of Georgia are updated every Fiscal Year (July-June)
  • Print a copy of the Georgia Hotel State Tax Exemption Certificate (if traveling in Georgia)
  • Review the "Per Diem- Max Allowances" for meal and lodging allowances.
  • Save all original paid travel receipts, including airline itinerary, and agendas.
  • Call Accounts Payable at 333-5708 or email mthompso@valdosta.edu and jmlamb@valdosta.edu.