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Is carpooling with community members and community college associates for travel to joint functions or travel to professional meetings allowed in University Vehicles or University Personal Vehicles?
Individuals from other public entities and individuals related to University business are authorized riders under the policy. The Policy states, "Transportation of individuals who are relevant to University business (e.g., contractors, employees of other public entities, University clients, participants in University programs, University volunteers, etc.)" is permitted. Assuming the passengers are in the same profession and attending the same professional meeting they would fall within the authorized riders' category.
If the passengers are simply obtaining a ride to the location but not a participant in the professional meeting, they would not be an authorized rider in a University vehicle. They could ride in a private vehicle but they would need to follow the waiver process for guests who are unrelated to University business.