To provide travel guidelines with regard to the procurement of lodging and accommodations when traveling on behalf of the University.
May, 2023Responsible Office
This policy applies to the procurement of lodging by and for all faculty, staff, students and postdocs traveling and entertaining on behalf of the University and seeking reimbursement for related expenses from the University regardless of the funding source.
It is the responsibility of Penn travelers to seek lodging that is safe, comfortable and reasonably price d. Travelers should take advantage of negotiated rates, conference rates, web rates, Penn rates or educational rates when seeking hotel accommodations. Information for preferred travel service suppliers is available on the Penn Travel and Expense Management website.
Full responsibilities of faculty, staff, students and postdocs can be found in Policy #2352.
Approvers perform a critical control function for the University. Collectively, approvers ensure that expense reports processed for payment are complete, appropriately funded, compliant with policy and are associated with activities that have a valid and necessary business purpose. Designated approvers should assist individuals, as necessary, with understanding applicable policies and compliance requirements.
Full responsibilities of approvers can be found in Policy #2352.
The cost of lodging should be kept at a minimum by requesting standard room accommodations whenever possible. Penn travelers are strongly encouraged to use standard accommodations at reasonably priced mid-market hotels or motels. Requests should be made for Penn discounts, educational discounts or other special rates to obtain the best price. Itemized hotel receipts, along with itemized expense entry in the Concur-TEM expense system, are required for reimbursement. The University generally does not approve accommodations at upscale or luxury hotels (Ritz, Four Seasons, etc.). However, an exception is made when a conference, workshop or other University business is scheduled at a luxury or upscale hotel. When traveling to any of these events, it is considered appropriate to stay at one of the hotels hosting the conference, even if the rate may exceed the guideline.
Legitimate lodging expenses include: