CSU Travel Policy Revision – Effective January 1, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the CSU Travel Policy and Procedures will be revised to comply with Assembly Bill 1887, which added Section 11139.8 to the Government Code relating to discrimination and was recently approved by the governor.  As a result of this new law, it has been determined that San Jose State University and its auxiliaries, will be restricted from requiring employees to travel to certain states, and are prohibited from approving funding or sponsoring travel to those states.  A current example of a state subject to these travel prohibitions is North Carolina, which earlier this year, passed a law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to gay and transgender people.

Exceptions to the new travel prohibitions of note to SJSU and its auxiliaries include the following (see SJSU Travel Guide for complete list):

  • To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
  • To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
  • For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the CSU or other state agencies.

The complete list of affected states will be maintained on the California State Attorney General’s website, State of California Department of Justice.  Travelers and approvers are required to check the website when planning out-of-state travel.

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Finney, Director, Finance Support at 4-1683 or gail.finney@sjsu.edu, or FinanceConnect at 4-1558 or financeconnect@sjsu.edu.

References (updates may not be available until January 1, 2017):

Assembly Bill 1887: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1887

Assembly Bill 1887- Frequently Asked Questions: https://csyou.calstate.edu/Policies/icsuam/Documents/3000/CSU-Travel-AB-1887-faq.pdf

California State Attorney General: https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887

CSU Travel Policy: https://csyou.calstate.edu/Policies/icsuam/Pages/3601-01.aspx

SJSU Travel Guide: http://www.sjsu.edu/finance/docs/travel_guide.pdf

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