Restricted Travel Update
The California State Attorney General announced the addition of four states to Assembly Bill 1887, the law restricting the funding or sponsoring of state business travel to states with discriminatory laws. San Jose State University (SJSU) will use the announcement date of June 22, 2017 to put into effect the travel restrictions to the additional states. The new states are:
- South Dakota
The original four states are:
- North Carolina
As of January 1, 2017, the CSU Travel Policy and Procedures has been revised to comply with Assembly Bill 1887, which added Section 11139.8 to the Government Code relating to discrimination and was approved by the governor in September, 2016. As a result of this law, it has been determined that SJSU 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 with laws enacted to void or repeal discrimination protections, or, to authorize or require discrimination.
Exceptions to the prohibitions that may be granted, and of note to SJSU and its auxiliaries, include the following (see SJSU Travel Guide for the 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 list of affected states is maintained on the California State Attorney General 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 408-924-1683 or email email@example.com
- FinanceConnect at 408-924-1558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2017/18 Budget Update
On June 27 Governor Brown signed and enacted the 2017/18 California State Budget, appropriating general funds of $3.4 billion towards the California State University (CSU).
The governor and state legislature approved a base (ongoing) increase of $177.2 million to the CSU’s Support Budget, including a base augmentation to support funded enrollment growth for 2,487 full-time equivalent students systemwide. In addition, one-time general funds of $20 million were committed to the CSU for various uses. While the approved budget is greater than the earlier proposals, the budget is less than the CSU's budget request of $343.7 million. As a result, the tuition increase adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees in March remains in effect for the 2017 fall term.
San Jose State University (SJSU) expects a total general fund appropriation of $157.2
million and approximately $200 million in tuition and fees. This represents an increase
of 6.7% over the prior year’s budget, which will support existing contractual obligations
related to compensation and mandatory costs, as well as support towards Graduation
Initiative 2025 and State University Grants, the CSU’s institutional financial aid
program for low-income students. Further implementation of the 2017/18 budget is
currently underway; the SJSU Budget Report and supporting presentation to the Academic
Senate will be published online later this fall.
If you would like more information, please contact Susan Jaynes, Interim Director of Budget Planning & Financial Management at email@example.com.
Spartan Bookstore Program
It is that time of the year to remind you that the University partners with the Spartan Bookstore to offer a program where students can charge books and supplies to their student account.
- Charge up to $900 per semester.
- Order books online for pick-up at the bookstore.
- Rent books on this program.
Students will need to show their Tower ID card and sign a release form at time of purchase. Payment is due on October 5 for fall 2017.
More information can be found on the Bursar’s Office website at Spartan Bookstore Program.
What is FinanceConnect?
Created to provide multiple lines of communication, FinanceConnect is a hotline to call, an email to message, and an email/web blog, to assist and inform our campus customers regarding Finance systems, processes, training and guidelines. We encourage you to contact FinanceConnect to:
- find out the appropriate method(s) for purchasing specific goods and services.
- help determine appropriate funding sources for a variety of expenses.
- check on the status of submitted Requisitions, Direct Payment or Employee Reimbursement requests.
- get clarification of SJSU/CSU policies such the Hospitality Guidelines, Travel Policy, and the ProCard/GoCard Program.
- see what training sessions are offered and available.
Refresh Your Finance Skills
Speaking of training, now is a good time to refresh your skills and knowledge of everything Finance! Sign up for Finance training sessions, or attend one of our Open Labs. Bring your questions about using any of our systems, FTS, CFS, or the CFS Finance Data Warehouse. For example, find out what the best practice is when completing a Travel Authorization or Reimbursement in FTS. Or, how to create a Requisition that clearly presents what you need to purchase. If you have questions, we'll provide the answers!
Visit FinanceConnect for more information about courses, Open Lab schedule, process tutorials, and to subscribe to our FinanceConnect blog.
We look forward to assisting you!