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Policy 2.97

Responsible Official: Vice President for Finance/Chief Finance Officer
Administering Division/Department: Procurement Services
Effective Date: April 01, 2010
Last Revision: May 30, 2017

Policy Sections:


The purpose of this document is to provide travel guidelines with regard to lodging and accommodations when traveling on behalf of the University.


The Travel Policies apply to faculty, staff, students, and non-employees traveling on behalf of the University and seeking reimbursement or payment for travel-related expenses from Emory University funds, regardless of the funding source.

Policy Details

2.97.1 Traveler Responsibility

2.97.2 Responsibility of Higher Level Approvers

2.97.3 Lodging

2.97.1 Traveler Responsibility

It is the responsibility of Emory travelers to seek lodging that is safe, comfortable and reasonably priced.

2.97.2 Responsibility of Higher Level Approvers

Higher Level Approver must ensure that: 

  • the traveler is aware of the Emory Travel Policy in advance of the travel;
  • travel expenses were incurred while conducting authorized University business;
  • travel expenses were necessary, reasonable and consistent with University policies and the
  • stated business purpose;
  • an expense report includes the required documentation; and
  • travel expenses meet any and all Sponsored Program guidelines, if applicable.

2.97.3 Lodging

1) The cost of lodging should be kept to a minimum by requesting standard (non-Club, non-Suite) accommodations, whenever possible. 

2)  Allowable lodging expenses may include: 

  • A single-occupancy room rate
  • In-room business telephone calls
  • Reasonable calls home 
  • Internet access
  • Luggage storage and tips for service

A list of non-reimbursable or payable expenses can be found in 2.104 Travel Policy - Non-Reimburseable or Payable Items. 

3) Travelers who elect to stay at a private residence may be reimbursed up to a maximum of $100 for extending a token gift or meal as a gesture of appreciation to the host. Original receipt will be accepted as proof of token purchase.

4) Allowable lodging charges, due to safety and security of traveler, limited access to airport prior to flight, long (6+ hour) or overnight flights, or long (4+ hour) layovers, may include:

  • Late check-out
  • Half-day rooms
  • Additional day if half-day is not available
  • On-site day rooms or lounge areas, including shower or rest facilities in a hotel or airport
  • Full-rate previous night when arriving prior to 3pm local time


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