Student Travel Policies, Registration, and Funding Requests
Student Travel at Macalester
Macalester College recognizes travel to off-campus events and activities is a beneficial part of the collegiate experience. Travel increases the ability of students to connect within a global community, exposes them to other cultures, and allows them to engage in dialogue with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. We also seek to provide the safest opportunities and methods of transportation to mitigate any risks that may be associated with travel.
To that end, all College related student travel must be reported to make students aware of the risks and responsibilities, to capture emergency contact information, and to assure the travel is safe and well planned in accordance with College policies. The travel policies listed below, including those outlined in the Macalester College Student Handbook, are considered the minimum requirements for student travel.
Travel Registration Requirements
If a student is traveling over 50 miles from campus, they are required to fill out a travel request form and complete the travel registration process, if ANY of the following conditions apply:
- Travel is overnight
- College, departmental, or student government funds are being used to support travel
- Travel is to participate in an event on behalf of or using the name of the college
The registration forms include:
- Basic Information
- Emergency Contact
- Itinerary Details
- Sponsor Information
- Statement of Student Responsibility and Assumption of Risk
- Student Travel Insurance Acknowledgement
Certain types of travel (i.e. field trips, study away, athletics, etc.) have different or additional requirements. In those cases, contact the sponsoring department for further instructions. All travel registration information must be submitted by all participants at least three (3) business days prior to trip departure. If a participant fails to submit the travel registration forms by the deadline they will not be permitted to go on the trip.
Student Travel Policies
Please submit travel requests no later than 3 weeks before the departure date. A single request should be made for each trip and include information about each student traveling, rather than separate applications for each student.
- Student organization related travel requests should be completed in OrgSync. The Financial Affairs Committee of Macalester College Student Government reviews applications on a weekly basis. Requests submitted before 12:00 p.m. on Monday will be considered that week and a decision is usually made by the end of that week.
- Academic related travel requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
All funding for College travel must come from the Travel Request process. Although many academic departments and campus offices would like to support student travel, their budgets are not designed for this purpose. This is why central funding sources for College student travel have been established. The Travel Fund is comprised of both College funds (for academic related travel) as well as MCSG funds to support different student organization travel.
The Travel Request Form process considers each individual funding request based on its individual merits and connection to the mission of the College or student organization.
All student organization related travel must be approved. To get approval, trip coordinators must complete the travel request form on OrgSync at least three weeks in advance of their trip. Student organizations are also allowed to request funding to support travel related to their chartered organizational purpose. Travel funding is meant to be for transportation costs. If there are other costs associated with your trip (i.e. registration, lodging, etc.), organizations should apply for funding through their yearly budgets or additional allocations.
Funding limitations for student organization travel are as follows:
- Organizations are limited to one funded trip per year, unless trips are part of the purpose of the student organization (e.g. Outing Club or Habitat for Humanity);
- The maximum amount granted for student organization travel is $50 per participant.
- Participants must cover the cost of personal expenses (i.e. food, entertainment, etc.).
Ethical Overnight Accommodations
Macalester student organizations are committed to a high standard of ethics and social responsibility, both in our community in Minnesota and globally. Please consider checking your overnight accommodations against the list of hotels considered unethical when preparing travel plans, here. For information, please contact Macalester’s Minnesota Public Interest Research Group at MPIRG@macalester.edu.
Individual students who are presenting academic work at an academic conference may apply for travel funds. It is recommended that students submit this form themselves, rather than faculty or department coordinators. If more than one student is attending an academic conference, please submit a single application for the entire group. Generally, funding is limited to $350 per student unless there are unusual circumstances to justify additional funding. Also, students can only be funded for one academic conference per year. Funding is limited to allow support for a variety of student requests and academic engagement beyond the College. If airfare is involved, please submit your request as early as possible to avoid fare increases.
If College funding is being requested, College vans are strongly recommended for ground travel for liability and insurance reasons. For large groups over 16 people, chartering a bus may be more cost effective. Use of personal vehicles is discouraged and mileage will not be reimbursed. If using personal vehicles limit passengers to five people per vehicle. Per Minnesota law, when using a personal vehicle (not College owned, leased, or rented) the automobile insurance of the vehicle’s owner is the primary (first in line) insurance should accident or injury occur. All drivers and passengers should be made aware of this.
Please note that approval of travel and or funding for travel does not constitute an excused absence from class. It is each students responsibility to make specific arrangements with their course instructors as needed. Please refer to the policy on excused absences in the Student Handbook.
For Student Organization related travel:
Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
For students presenting work at academic conference, course field trip, or other course related travel:
Director, Academic Programs, Academic Programs and Advising