- Ways to Help
As MMI student, staff, or faculty, you are responsible for booking and managing your own travel. However, there are resources in place to support you. At any time, please feel free to request assistance from the MMI travel coordinator (Minda Stiles).
First, complete a Travel Authorization Form prior to booking your trip. Be sure to indicate your business purpose, including any poster/presentation titles. Indicate your funding source (list the exact name of the funding grant/project if you don't know the index). The purpose for your travel must clearly match the purpose of the funding source — that will be checked by the travel approvers at AMBC and OSRAA. Once signed by your PI/supervisor, return your authorization to the MMI travel coordinator.
If your trip will be international and funded in any part by a grant, it needs additional approval by OSRAA prior to booking your flight. You may email your signed travel authorization directly to OSRAA@oregonstate.edu or ask the MMI travel coordinator for assistance. OSRAA will indicate on your authorization if your flight will be subject to the Fly America Act (U.S. airlines only). For more information about foreign travel, please see also the section below, "Are You Traveling Internationally?"
Once your authorization is approved, you may make your travel reservations. You will need a valid index.
For details, see General Travel Information.
There are several mechanisms in place to limit your out-of-pocket costs as a traveler for OSU. Please see the related sections on this page for important details.
Most travelers will still be required to front some travel expenses. You may request a reimbursement for eligible travel expenses once your trip has completed. Be sure to discuss this with your PI, if applicable. Regardless of policy, your reimbursement will be limited by your available funding.
For additional assistance, contact:
Can I include vacation time in my itinerary? For a trip that includes personal time, you must request a comparison quote with the business-only portion. Any additional costs will be your responsibility and should be split at the time of purchase. Azumano can do this for you.
Can I purchase my own flight? Yes, at your own risk. A traveler may pay out of pocket for their flight and request reimbursement after their trip, but the traveler (not OSU) will be responsible for cancellations, itinerary changes, or other charges unless the charges are necessary for OSU’s business needs or are outside the control of the traveler. (Example: If you pay for your own flight to a conference but cannot attend due to illness, OSU cannot reimburse you for the flight.)
For more details, see the Air Transportation policy.
When traveling for an OSU business purpose, OSU staff and eligible students may book a rental car through Enterprise or National using the State of Oregon contract.
To receive the benefits of the negotiated contract and to have the car rental direct billed to the University, you must use the online reservation portal through MyOSU (employee tab) or through the OSU Car Rentals web page. Alternately, you may contact Azumano to book the car, which will incur a $7 fee if the rental is booked separately from air travel. All other options (phone or drop in), you will have to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed after the trip.
If you have not already done so, first complete a Driver Authorization Form. Please provide a copy to the MMI office.
Book your car rental
To book your car through Azumano ($7 fee if booked separately from air travel), contact:
After you have returned your vehicle, please check your Enterprise receipt to make sure the charges are correct. If errors were made, alert the Enterprise branch and the MMI travel coordinator.
Some highlights of booking on the contract:
For applicable policies, including information about vehicle insurance, please see:
In most cases, you will need to pay for your own lodging and request reimbursement after your trip.
In some cases, MMI can prepay your lodging with the departmental Procurement Card. If your hotel will allow you to prepay lodging and tax only, ask the hotel to email you a credit card authorization form. Send that form and a copy of your hotel resevation to the MMI travel coordinator with an emailed request to prepay the lodging. The index indicated on your travel authorization will be charged.
Your lodging rate will need to stay within established "per diem" rates for the city and time of year. Any amount above cannot be reimbursed.
What if I am sharing a hotel room? If you are sharing a room at a hotel, please ask the hotel to split the bill at checkout.
What if I am staying at a friend's house? You may claim a "noncommercial lodging" reimbursement after your trip at the rate of $25/day.
For more details, see the Lodging policy.
First, complete your MMI travel authorization. Please note that the follow pre-approvals may also be required:
After your trip has been approved, you may book your travel.
Register your itinerary in OSU's International Travel Registry. This is now required of anyone traveling internationally on behalf of the university (employees, students, volunteers).
The registry benefits OSU’s international travelers in many ways, including:
*Travel insurance is provided at no additional cost to individuals who register as employees (faculty, staff, graduate assistants, post docs, volunteers). Students will be given the opportunity in the registration form to provide an index to bill for their insurance costs. If an index is not provided, the student's account will be billed at the end of the month in which their trip begins. The cost for the insurance plan is $2.00/day and will be billed for the total number of days the student enters in their travel registration itinerary.
Additional contacts and support:
Students: Please complete the Clery Act Property and Travel Form prior to all overnight trips. If you are unable to complete the form ahead of time, then you may report it after your travel as long as it is within 60 days.
The federal Clery Act, which reports crime statistics on university property, requires us to report where students lodge when they travel.
If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Clery Act Compliance at Clery.Compliance@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4538.
You must initiate the request for your travel reimbursement, even if the travel coordinator is aware of your trip.
Travel reimbursement requests must be finalized within 60 days of travel completion. Please submit your travel reimbursement request and backup documents to the MMI travel coordinator in plenty of time to meet that deadline. The travel coordinator will enter your expenses into Travel Reimbursement Entry System (TRES) on your behalf and then request your review and signature.
Please submit the following to the MMI travel coordinator as soon as possible after your trip:
Your completed MMI Travel Expense Form. This is where you would request meals per diem and noncommercial lodging.
Your conference program/agenda. Please submit only the pages that show the conference dates and location; the name of the conference hotel, if you stayed there; and your presentation/poster titles. If you did not attend a conference, please submit other related documentation, such as a letter of invitation.
Receipts for expenses you are claiming, other than personal meals or mileage.
Mileage log, if applicable. Travel in a personal vehicle is reimbursed through mileage. Submit a mileage log with dates, locations, and odometer readings; or use standard city-to-city mileage with backup from a site such as Google Maps.
Note: Please be sure your Vendor Payment address is current. You can check this in MyOSU. If your address has changed, please provide your current address to the MMI travel coordinator by email as soon as possible.
There are several ways to travel between HMSC (Newport) and main campus (Corvallis). MMI does not require a travel authorization for in-state one-day travel.
*These options require that you have an approved Driver Authorization Form on file. If you have not yet completed one, please do so online and provide a copy to the MMI office for signature approval.