Professional Development Opportunity Fund Policy

(Formerly Employee Benefit Fund)

The Professional Development Opportunity Fund (PDOF) provides financial assistance for staff development opportunities beyond what departments can afford.  An employee may apply for reimbursement from this fund of up to $200 per fiscal year for training and development activities as described in the guidelines below.  Employees must be at least half-time to access the fund.  Professional development supported by this fund must be work related and benefit both the employee and the University. 

Guidelines

The fund shall be used for:

  1. Seminars, workshops, continuing education units (CEU's) offered by professional organizations, or other work-related professional development courses.  Such training must benefit both the employee and the University.
    1. Maximum subsidy:  ½ the registration costs, not to exceed $100. 
    2. Employees may apply once per term.
  1. Work-related professional development credit courses at the UO or Lane Community College, or community education courses
    1. Maximum subsidy:
  • UO:  ½ of employee tuition waiver amount (See Staff Tuition Benefit)
  • Lane Community College:  ½ of university credit hour rate up to four credit hours
  • Non-admitted, community education courses:  ½ the registration fee up to $50 per person per term
  1. Travel per diem (transportation, meals, and lodging) reimbursement for each approved professional development course.
    1. ½ of the total amount, not to exceed $100 for each approved training session.
    2. All training must be approved in accordance with university travel procedures before any trip is taken for which reimbursement is sought.

Funding will NOT be available for:

  1. Conferences, conventions, or schedule meetings arranged by a professional organization for its own membership, whether or not the applicant is a member.
  2. Training mandated by outside agencies or contracts.
  3. Books for classes.

See Request Form or call (541) 346-3195 for further information or to request a form in campus mail.

Professional Development Fund Request Form

Description: 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FUND REQUEST FORM
Please complete form and return to: Human Resources, 677 E. 12th Ave., Suite 400
Date: Employee Name:
Phone: Email:
Department:
ATTACH BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
• Copy of receipt(s)
• Copy of flier, workshop announcement or class registration form.
REIMBURSEMENT TO: (please check one)
Index code to be reimbursed:□ Department -
Employee - UO ID □ (only needed if reimbursing employee)
This request is work-related (it will benefit both employee and the University) and is for:
□ Training or development for a seminar, workshop or continuing education offered by a professional organization. (Please attach the appropriate documentation – see above).
Organization:
Workshop: Date(s) for workshop:
Total Cost: Amount requested from PDO Fund:
□ Training or development for a UO class, community education class, or Lane Community College class. (Check below and list class name - please attach the appropriate documentation – see above).
UO LCC Class:
Date(s) of Class: credit hours: or no-credit
Total Cost: Amount requested from PDO Fund:
□ Travel reimbursement (transportation, meals, lodging) for workshop/class listed above.
Total cost of travel: Amount requested from PDO Fund:
Employee Signature Supervisor Signature
HR Approval Date

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