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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Update

What should I do about canceling travel reservations? 

Travelers should make every effort to cancel any travel reservations and must return any refundable deposits. 


Have you cancelled travel due to the COVID-19 advisories and incurred cancellation related expenses? 

Please include a completed and signed COVID-19 Cancellation memo with your completed travel packet and submit to the Travel Office.


Where can I get more information about Travel? 

CSUSM's Incident Response Information 

Other Resources


CSUSM Corporation Travel Information

All information on this page including travel documents, traveler responsibilities, pre & post travel information and more are thoroughly detailed in our Travel Guidelines. The CSUSM Corporation Travel Guidelines will defer to the CSU System Travel Policies when applicable. For Academic Affairs information on travel please visit Planning and Academic Resources Travel Information.

If you have questions that are not detailed in our Travel Guidelines, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. If you need further assistance, please contact CSUSM Corporation via phone or email at 760-750-4700 or corp@csusm.edu.  


 Signature Requirements

Both the travel claims and travel requests require specific authorizing signatures. Please note that the signature requirements differ between  sponsored projects travel and non-sponsored projects travel. 

  • Sponsored Projects Travel (85xxx Projects)

     
    TYPE OF TRAVEL  NECESSARY SIGNATURES FOR TRAVEL REQUEST NECESSARY SIGNATURES FOR TRAVEL CLAIM
    Domestic Travel
    • PI/Funding Authority
    • Supervisor/Dean
    • Designee for Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
    • Sponsored Projects Analyst 
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
    •  PI/Funding Authority
    • Designee for Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
    • Sponsored Projects Analyst
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
    International Travel
    • PI/Project/Funding Authority
    • Supervisor/Dean
    • Designee for Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
    • Sponsored Projects Analyst (OSP Only)
    • VP/Provost
    • CSUSM President
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
     
    • PI/Funding Authority
    • Designee for Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
    • Sponsored Projects Analyst 
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*

       * CSUSM Corporation Executive Director approval is required only if exemptions to travel policy and/or expense limits are being requested and/or claimed (ex. exemption to $275 per night lodging limit).

  • Campus Programs and CSUSM Corporation Administration Travel (86xxx & 81xxx)

    TYPE OF TRAVEL  NECESSARY SIGNATURES FOR TRAVEL REQUEST NECESSARY SIGNATURES FOR TRAVEL CLAIM
    Domestic Travel
    • Supervisor
    • Funding Authority
    • For Academic Affairs projects ONLY - Dean of Graduate Studies and Research** for travel out of Southern California and/or $500 or more.
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
    • Supervisor
    • Funding Authority
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
    International Travel 
    • Supervisor
    • Funding Authority
    • Vice President/Provost
    • CSUSM President
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*
    • Supervisor
    • Funding Authority
    • CSUSM Corporation (if applicable)*

    * CSUSM Corporation Executive Director approval is required only if exemptions to travel policy and/or expense limits are being requested and/or claimed (ex. exemption to $275 per night lodging limit).

    ** For Academic Affairs Project Travel Expenses - Provost has delegated authority to Dean of Graduate Studies for travel over $500 and/or out of  Southern California. 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I fill out a Travel Claim Form?

  • The individual traveling is not an employee. What do I need to do?

    Allowable travel for non-employees include prospective employees, independently contracted consultants, and students. All travel must be pre-approved.  You can find more information about non-employee travel on page 8 of our Travel Guidelines.
  • Can I use my ProCard to purchase expenses related to my travel?

    Yes, travel expenses can be charged to a ProCard. Please refer to our ProCard Manual and coincide with associated policies, such as our Hospitality Policy. For more information on ProCard expenses, please visit the CSUSM Corporation ProCard site.
  • Can I fly in business or first class?

    No, only coach or economy-class fare shall be used whenever ticketing restrictions are reasonable. Tickets should be purchased in a timely manner; last minute purchases will require a justification including the reason why the ticket was not purchased in a timely manner and may not be reimbursable without prior approval. Upgrades for premium seats or other add-ons are not reimbursable.

  • Are my meals covered during travel?

    Meals are considered an allowable travel expense for travel that is over 24 hours, and/or includes an overnight stay. Meals provided as part of the event or conference are not allowable expenses. The maximum daily allowance for meals is $55.  Meals must meet the following criteria:

    a) Breakfast (maximum $11): May be claimed only if travel begins before 7:00am on the departure  date, or ends past 9:00am on the return date.

    b) Lunch (maximum $17): May be claimed for travel that begins before 11:00am on the departure date, or ends past 1:00pm on the return date.

    c) Dinner (maximum $27): May be claimed when travel begins before 4:00pm on the departure date, or ends past 6:00pm on the return date

    Daily maximum allowance for meals when traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Possessions or internationally are based on the federal per diem rates.