Per Diems at a Glance
LSSU follows the US government schedule of per diem rates, available at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. The per diem for most cities is as follows:
- $ 7.00 for breakfast
- $ 11.00 for lunch
- $ 23.00 for dinner
Faculty and staff travel away from LSSU for a wide variety of reasons, including recruitment, research, conferences, and meetings. This website offers faculty and staff ready reference to information to be used both before and after the trip.
Requests for reimbursement of travel expenses must be made using the Employee Travel Reimbursement Voucher. This form is to be used for reimursable travel expenses only; the P-Card Travel Voucher should be completed for any expenses paid with a University P-Card.
Approval must be obtained from the account administrator prior to the commencement of a trip. If supervisor approval is not secured prior to travel, the travel expense will not be reimbursed. Vouchers must be filed within thirty days of the end of the trip; vouchers filed after this period may not be reimbursed.
For the convenience of University travelers, the reimbursement guidelines page includes a summary of provisions for certain travel expenses that you may find useful. Travelers are responsible for abiding by all travel regulations identified in the Lake Superior State University Travel and Expense Policy.
Reimbursement for approved travel and travel-related business expenses will be in accordance with approved rates or receipts. Receipts are required for all travel expenses other than per diem, parking, and tolls on the Mackinac or International Bridges. Smaller receipts should be affixed to letter-size paper for submission.
Spirit of Travel Regulations
All University travelers seeking reimbursement should incur the lowest reasonable travel expense and should exercise care to avoid impropriety or the appearance of impropriety, including the public perception that a business trip has been taken for personal reasons. If a circumstance arises that is not specifically covered, either the most conservative course within the "spirit" of the travel regulations shall be adopted or consultation for guidance with the University Controller should be pursued.
Travel policy is officially codified in the Lake Superior State University Procedures Manual. Specific reference is made to the following sections: