Faculty Handbook: Policies Governing Faculty Service
3.7  Attendance at Professional Meetings

Members of the teaching, research, administrative, and extension staffs are encouraged to attend professional meetings, as such attendance is deemed beneficial to both the individual and to the university. Brief absences from official duties are allowed for attendance at such meetings when circumstances permit, and the university may reimburse the individual for a part of the travel expenses depending upon his or her level of participation when travel funds are available for such purposes and to the extent allowed by university travel regulations. Plans to be absent and applications for travel allowance for attendance at professional meetings must be approved in advance by the appropriate administrative personnel.