The University of Alabama, Division of Finance and Operations

Spending and Travel Policy

Unit:  Procurement Services
Contact: Kevin Stevens
Title:  Director of Procurement Services
Effective Date: 7/31/2013
Revision Date: 07/24/2019



The purpose of this policy is to set forth the requirements to comply with University policies and State of Alabama Law for the processing of disbursements to vendors and/or reimbursements to University employees or non-employees for travel and business expenses. This policy has been developed to ensure that individuals conducting business or traveling for the University do not incur inappropriate or excessive expenses on behalf of the University and also do not inappropriately gain from the University.


This policy requires all travel and business expenses to adhere to the requirements established by Federal regulations, State laws, and University policies and procedures. Including the following:


Travelers should plan travel in the manner that will be most economical to the University. This includes utilizing the most economical route and mode of transportation available and working to obtain the lowest possible rates or fares.

This policy is not intended to cover every possible situation. Special travel requirements or items of an unusual nature that are not covered in this policy should be discussed with Accounts Payable. University departments, schools, or other funding sources can establish more stringent requirements than this policy.


This policy applies to any employee, student, or other non-UA individual who incurs travel and/or business expenses on behalf of the University of Alabama.


Office of the Vice President of Finance and Operations

Approved by Cheryl Mowdy, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operations, 7/24/2019