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The University entertainment & courtesy policy is based upon a shared understanding that entertainment & courtesy expenses are permissible when clearly required to advance the academic mission of the University. Entertainment is defined as the provision of meals, activities, or events whose purpose is to promote and further the educational mission of the University. Courtesy is defined as the provision of services or acts which acknowledge the service and contributions of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the University.

Entertainment and courtesy expenditures must be authorized in advance by the employee's supervisor and, upon submission of a reimbursement request, reviewed for compliance with the University guidelines and tested for reasonableness by Deans and central administrative units.

Per federal regulations, no expenditure of funds for entertainment & courtesies may be recovered as either direct or indirect costs from sponsors. This excludes travel, meal, and event expenses related to the performance of work for a sponsored program, as long as these are allowable by the sponsored program.


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Northwestern Travel Services at, or 847-491-7569

Entertainment & courtesy policies

Amanda Distel, Senior Associate Vice President for Financial Operations & Treasurer, at or 847-491-7350