Travel Policies and Procedures


Informative message

RIT Service Center (RSC)
The Controller’s Office partners with the RIT Service Center to provide excellent service to our customers. The RSC is a single point of contact for travel or other reimbursement service requests and its staff is prepared to provide support to and answer questions from staff, students and faculty.

If you have travel or other reimbursement questions or requests, please contact the RIT Service Center by: Details about travel and other reimbursement questions or requests provided by the RIT Service Center can be found here.
NOTE:  While the temporary Extraordinary Approvals process has expired for most expenses as of 06/30/2021, it remains in effect for international travel.   All international travel will still require divisional vice president approval and Sr. VP of Finance and Administration approval.

The University's travel policies and procedures provide information about approved business travel from RIT (i.e., one's normal place of employment), or one's home, to a destination in Rochester, or outside of the Rochester area. RIT will reimburse faculty, staff and students, or pay outside vendors, for necessary and reasonable transportation and travel related expenses incurred in connection with RIT approved business travel under the following circumstances:

  1. The traveler has adhered to RIT policies and procedures.
  2. The travel expenses are allowable.
  3. The expenses are supported by appropriate documentation.
  4. An authorized individual, who is at least one level of management above the traveler, has approved the Travel Expense Report.

Employees should use discretion when expending RIT funds and ensuring that expenditures are necessary and appropriate for meeting business needs. Employees are expected to be familiar with, and follow, the University's travel policies and procedures and, if applicable, the policies of their particular division, college, department, program and/or sponsored project.

  1. The employee has followed all RIT travel policies and procedures.
  2. Expenditures are reasonable.
  3. Expenditures have a legitimate business purpose and are supported by adequate documentation.
  4. Expenditures are accurately reflected on the appropriate RIT general ledger account (i.e., the 24-digit account number).
  5. The Travel Expense Report is accurate and completed correctly.

The Controller's Office will periodically review travel policies and procedures; revisions may be made as part of the review process. RIT faculty and staff will be advised of any changes via the RIT Message Center; all changes and/or revisions will be published on the Controller's Office travel web page. If required, Controller's Office staff will provide additional training.

Additional travel related links:

Airline Baggage Fees (Feb 2013)

Business Mileage Reimbursement

Business Travel Cancellations

Corporate Travel Cards

Designated Travel Agencies

Frequently Asked Questions

International Travel and the Fly America Act

Major Metropolitan Cities

Tax Exemption - State by State

Tax Exemption - Traveling out of State

Tipping Guide

Travel Forms

Travel Policies and Procedures manual PDF version

RIT Reimbursement for Expenses/FAQ's

RIT Reimbursement for Travel/FAQ's