Budget Information

FSEM Budget Guidelines

FSEM faculty have three sources of funds for your First-Year Seminar. All of these funds are accessed via reimbursement. Faculty may use a DU purchasing card for all FSEM purchases.

FundAmount
Destinations$25/person (including OL and instructor)
Activities$50/student (must be used by June 15, 2020)
Materials$250 total (can only be used in fall quarter)

Destinations Fund: $25/person budget

This money is ONLY available for use on your Destinations trip. Each FSEM instructor has $25 per person (FSEM instructor, orientation leader, and students) to spend on the Destinations trip. Faculty may use your Activities Fund for additional expenses during the Destinations trip.

Activities Fund: $50/enrolled student

Activities Funds are limited to $50/enrolled student. Please remember that if you exceed your Destinations budget of $25/person, the additional expenses will be deducted from the instructor’s Activities Fund. This money is available anytime during this academic year.  Note:  tips are only reimbursed up to 20%.

Course Materials Fund: $250 budget BY REQUEST

FSEM course materials are available for faculty to use on course materials (books, office supplies, etc.). This money is available beginning July 1. Faculty must submit a request to obtain approval for your reimbursement. The Materials are for the current Fall FSEM quarter. Faculty may not use the Materials budget to purchase items for upcoming academic years.
Purchases should be made for the benefit of the entire class.

Allowable purchases

  • Class meals, snacks, refreshments
  • Cultural, entertainment, sporting events
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Some memberships/subscriptions (contact the coordinator for more information)
  • Non-consumable equipment (electronic/lab equipment). Note: This becomes property of the FSEM program and must be returned at the end of the Fall quarter. The equipment may be loaned to you for subsequent FSEMs.
  • Books for the course (for your own research in developing the course)
  • DVDs for the course
  • Consumable materials for lab experiments

Disallowed purchases

  • Tablets/e-readers
  • Anything with a direct cash value, e.g. gift certificates, gift cards.
  • Alcohol