University of California won’t reimburse business travel spending on Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, and the like [UPDATE: Two days later, UC says the contrary]

[UPDATE: For the UC e-mail two days later, which says the contrary, see here.]

The UCLA Faculty Association blog quotes the e-mail:

Dear Colleagues,

UCOP’s Office of General Counsel has determined that third party lodging and transportation services, commonly referred to as peer-to-peer or sharing businesses, should not be used because of concerns that these services are not fully regulated and do not protect users to the same extent as a commercially regulated business. As the market matures and these businesses evolve, the University may reconsider whether reimbursement of travel costs provided by peer-to-peer or sharing businesses will be allowed.

Therefore, until further notice, please do not use services such as Uber, Lyft, Air B&B or any other similar business while traveling on or engaging in UC business.

Sincerely,
Belinda Borden
Director
Travel Services

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.
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