Travel Requests & Reimbursement
The staff development committee can support travel expenses to conferences or other professional activities that staff would like to attend or bring to campus.The committee will consider applications for attendance at discipline-specific conferences and “broad spectrum” conferences.
Once you have selected a conference or professional activity, submit a completed and signed Professional Activity Request (PAR) Form and a personal Dissemination Plan to your Area Dean/Supervisor for approval. If your dean approves of your activity, forward your signed materials to AMezzano@fullcoll.edu. We highly suggest you leave enough time to complete the approval process before the scheduled conference date so you are notified of approval/disapproval.
Submit your completed Professional Activity Request form and personalized Dissemination Plan to your Area Dean/Supervisor for review. If you need assistance, refer to the Directions to Apply for SD Funding and Dissemination Plan Guidelines for SD Funding to complete your documents.
If your Area Dean/Supervisor approves, they will forward your documents to AMezzano@fullcoll.edu. in the Staff Development Center.
If your Professional Activity Request Form and Dissemination Plan are approved by the Staff Development Committee for reimbursement, you will receive an email attached with your Travel Expense Report complete upon returning from your travel.
Go to your professional activity, and make sure to keep copies of all your receipts!
Once you’re back, complete and return both the Travel Expense Report (with receipts) for reimbursement of your professional activity, and the Dissemination Follow Up 2018-19 to demonstrate how you will share your new knowledge with Fullerton College educators and students. Submit both forms to AMezzano@fullcoll.edu.
Funding Application Deadline
Funding requests for conferences should be created at anytime during the 19/20 fiscal year. Staff Development travel monies are on a first come first approved basis and there is always a possibility that the travel monies may not last the entire fiscal year — as soon as you know of a conference submit your request.
Funding Conditions and Expectations
Share what you learned
Submit a Dissemination Plan and share what you learned at the conference within six months to one year following the funded conference or seminar.
Make sure all of your reimbursable expenses under your name, or you will not be reimbursed.
Pay registration and related expenses in advance
You will be reimbursed by the district when you return.
Upon completion of activity/travel
Reimbursement requests must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of travel or by June 10th, whichever comes first.
Submit the Travel Expense Report and hard copies of required supporting documentation to AMezzano@fullcoll.edu. Errors or omissions generally cause delays in getting reimbursed so please refer to the steps below and contact AMezzano@fullcoll.edu for assistance.
Required Supporting Documentation:
Registration: the conference flyer (including agenda) and original registration receipt indicating that payment has been received.
Air or Rail: the itemized original receipt indicating that payment has been received or a credit card statement showing your name and charge and itinerary.
Taxi, Shuttle, Rental Car, Parking: original receipts
Mileage: Only mileage in excess of regular commute miles will be reimbursed. Must show mileage—use MapQuest (or something comparable) to print out and show miles to and from Fullerton College to the conference and another printout to show miles from your residence to Fullerton College. Mileage reimbursement is 58 cents per mile — do not round up or down mileage, for example if the miles come out to be 37.5 list 37.5 do not round up or down.
Lodging: List each date. The itemized original receipt or a credit card statement showing your name and charge.
Meals: List each meal for each date separately. No receipts are needed for meals as you are reimbursed at the 2019 per diem rates. For rates in 2020, please contact Staff Development for the new rates, if changed, at the start of the new year. Meals included as part of the conference fee will not be reimbursed. You must include a copy of the conference agenda with meals highlighted if you are claiming reimbursement for meals.
All receipts for registration, lodging, airfare/train fare must have your name on the receipt (not handwritten on) —if you are requesting reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens once my travel is approved?
Once activity/travel is approved by the appropriate VP, Staff Development personnel will generate the RQ in Banner. Staff Development personnel will also send confirmation of the assigned PO# and, upon completion of the activity/travel, electronic versions of the necessary travel reimbursement forms and instructions.
What if my travel is rejected?
If the application has been rejected, it may be possible for applicants to revise and resubmit upon consultation with the Staff Development Coordinator. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for consultations on revisions.
How long does approval take?
Staff Development Funding applications take about 2-4 weeks to approve. To ensure that your application gets considered, submit your Travel Request Forms with Dissemination Plans before the semester deadline.
What is the approval process?
Applications require review and approval by your Immediate Management Supervisor/Area Dean who will then sends the application to the Staff Development. Funding applications are then reviewed by the Staff Development Committee in the two weeks prior to each Committee meeting and then voted upon during the meetings. The Staff Development Committee Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.
Once the application has been voted upon by the Staff Development Committee, applicants will be notified of the result by the Monday following the meeting during which the application was considered. If the application has been approved by the committee, it will proceed to the appropriate Vice President for final approval.