Non-Essential International and Domestic Travel, through June 30, 2021

July 1, 2020

 

Colleagues, 

On March 11, I communicated that all international and non-essential domestic travel for all employees (including auxiliary organizations) was suspended through May 31, 2020.  

In light of the California State University’s decision to move to a primarily virtual fall semester, the realities of the fiscal challenges that will incur budget reductions to the CSU, and in accordance with a directive from the Chancellor’s Office, Fresno State is eliminating all non-essential international and domestic travel through June 30, 2021.

President Castro has delegated authority to each Vice President to approve exceptions for travel and in-person meetings when there are compelling reasons that support the academic and co-curricular mission of the campus. Those exceptions will be granted on a very limited basis.

The following guidelines will be used to evaluate any exemptions:

  • Conference attendance shall be restricted to those where the traveler is:
    • A keynote speaker;
    • An officer or active organizing committee member; or
    • Other essential role
  • Specialized training that is essential for critical functions of the job
  • All requests for a travel exemption should be reviewed first by the appropriate Associate Vice President or School/College Dean and then forwarded to the applicable Division Vice President for final approval.

Please note travel that circumvents the above-listed pre-approval guidelines may be denied reimbursement.

Also, the Chancellor’s Office has transitioned all system-wide meetings and conferences to a virtual mode through June 30, 2021. Similarly, we are encouraging all offices to consider moving all meetings to a virtual mode whenever possible during the 2020-21 academic year. 

Thank you for your cooperation with this guidance.

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Adishian-Astone

Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer