Group Meal and Hospitality Expenses

All expenses at the University must withstand the test of public scrutiny. The business purpose of group meals and hospitality expenses isn't typically as obvious as it is for more standard purchases such as chemicals or glassware. Please be sure to provide a thorough justification for these events using the forms below. Be aware that Chemistry Finance staff may contact you to request additional information in order to comply with University and Department policy if the information you provide is insufficient.

Hospitality Expense Limits

Itemized receipts are required for all hospitality reimbursements. 

  • For all hospitality events with a stated business purpose that are funded by the Department of Chemistry,
    • the expense limit per person is $18 for breakfast and lunch 
    • the expense limit per person is $70 for dinner, including tip and alcohol.
  • A maximum of 6 people may be reimbursed for each event.
    • Requests for exceptions to these limits must be submitted to the Department Head in advance of the event
  • For all hospitality events with a stated business purpose that are funded entirely from faculty non-sponsored accounts, the limit is $100 per person, as specified by the University of Minnesota.
  • Meals with prospective students are limited to four students + the prospective student.
    • The maximum amount allowed, including tip, is $18 per person for breakfast and lunch.
    • The maximum amount allowed, including tip, is $40 per person for dinner.
    • Alcohol is not allowed at meals with prospective students and will not be reimbursed.

Please note that there are tax implications if hospitality events are frequent; please see Finance and Payroll Services office staff for questions. The University hospitality policy may be found here.

The following EFS strings are for the events listed:

  • Departmental Seminars: 1000-11098-20094-1000007424
  • Student Seminar Series: 1000-11098-20094-1000007425
  • Dow Lecture Series: 1701-11098-20094-UMF0021175
  • Gassman Lectures: 1701-11098-20056-UMF0003503
  • Kolthoff Lectures: 1701-11098-20056-UMF0001073
  • Etter Lectures: 1701-11098-20056-UMF0003362
  • Special Seminars: Varies
  • Faculty Recruiting: 1000-11098-20000-1000002303
  • Graduate Recruiting: 1000-11098-20427

If you are unsure of the account string to use, please contact the Finance and Payroll Services office in 141 Smith Hall.

Non-employee reimbursements

Non-employee reimbursements are processed with the Visitor Expense Reimbursement form

Forward the completed form and receipts to the Finance and Payroll Services office in 141 Smith Hall. Note, non-employee reimbursements are submitted to the College of Science & Engineering cluster and processed by that office as they are received. This can take 1-2 weeks on top of the process the Chemistry Finance and Payroll Services office must follow.

Processes to remember:

  • a) all foreign visitors must be set up as a vendor in the financial system (EFS),
  • b) all foreign visitors must have a social security number, and a tax treaty must exist between the US and the country of origin or taxes will be withheld.

The amount of the tax will depend on what is being paid.

Employee reimbursements

Faculty, staff and student reimbursements can be processed with the form “EMPLOYEE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT.”

  • Additional information on these reimbursements can be found here.
  • Hospitality meals may be paid with a procurement card (pcard)
    • An itemized receipt is required.
  • Alcohol may not be purchased using a procurement card.

For those hosting events at the Campus Club use the Campus Club Form DOC | PDF.

The Graduate Recruitment Visitor Expense Reimbursement form DOCX I PDF is used for all graduate recuiting expenses.

To request an honorarium, please have the speaker fill out a Request for Taxpayer ID form and submit it to the Finance and Payroll Services office in 141 Smith Hall.

To request an honorarium for a foreign national traveling on a visa, please fill out and have the speaker sign (fax is OK) a B, WB and WT Honoraria and Expense Reimbursement Form and submit to the Finance and Payroll Services office in 141 Smith Hall.


  • Finance and Payroll Services
    Department of Chemistry
    141 Smith Hall
    207 Pleasant St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
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    • Finance and Payroll Services
    • 141 Smith Hall
    • (612) 624-3409