Renting vehicles vs. Personal
Travel Verification Letters
Club Travel FAQ's
Registered Student Organizations are allowed to travel as part of an organization-related trip anywhere off-campus. Due to the inherent risks associated with travel of any kind, OAE requires student organizations to complete travel forms PRIOR to traveling. Please submit the forms below no fewer than 10 days prior to the travel date to the Office of Activities and Engagement.
Master Travel Form: This should be filled out by the trip coordinator or organizer. Only one of these needs to be submitted per trip.
Participant Travel Form: Each traveling participant must complete at least 10 days prior to departure.
University Student Travel Policies can be found HERE. Registered Student Organizations are upheld to these policies.
Renting through Enterprise
Registered student organization are eligible to rent through the contract MSU has with Enterprise. Anyone 18 years and older are able to drive these vehicles. Rates for Enterprise vehicles can be found HERE. Please NOTE: The list of vehicle prices include 12-passenger vans, HOWEVER, MSU students are not allowed to travel in vehicles larger than 10-passenger.
- Funded Clubs (through the student organization fee):
- Must contact OAE (Mandy) at email@example.com to reserve.
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and $1 Million Combined Single Limit (CSL) Liability is included in the rates.
- Eligible for campus vehicle delivery, with enrollment in Enterprise Plus.
- Non-Funded Clubs
Personal Vehicle Use
- Clubs are also able to use personal vehicles, however, will not have any liability coverage. Personal car insurance will be solely responsible.
- All policies and registering club travel still applies.
In order to drive the 7-passenger vans or SUV’s through Enterprise, you MUST complete this online training or an approved defensive driving classroom or hands-on course.
Online Defensive Driving Training Instructions:
*If you have taken either the 15-passenger van training, driver safety for campuses, Defensive Driving DDC-4, the online defensive driving (for 7-10 passenger), or another approved defensive driving course WITHIN the last 3 years, you DO NOT need to take the training again. Please contact Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will verify if you have completed this training.
Must complete EITHER the online or classroom, do not need to complete both.
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to be on a computer with speakers (or headphone capability). You will need to finish the training all at once, as there is no way to log back in to the system.
- Username: 6450632
- Password: 59718
- On the left side, click on “Workplace Safety”
- Click on "Defensive Driving for Noncommercial Motorists" the 15th course down
- Register yourself for the training.
- First = First Name
- Last = Last Name
- Title=student (or staff position)
- Department=Activities & Engagement
- Student/Employee = Your designation
- Hit the Login button.
- Click on the “Start Training” button. It should take about 30 minutes.
- Please download and read the “MUS Board of Regents Vehicle Policy & Procedures” BEFORE taking the course. It will not let you begin the course without doing this.
- Continue to training
- You must obtain an 80% or higher (no more than 2/10 questions incorrect) on the quiz at the end to pass this course. If you do not pass, please review the slides again and retake the quiz until you reach 80%.
- Once you have completed the course and passed the quiz you will receive an email with a link to your training certificate. You can also choose “generate certificate.”
Register for a course at: http://www.montana.edu/wwwsrm/training.htm
*IMPORTANT: You must print off or forward your certificate to the trip leader/organizer to turn in to the Office of Activities and Engagement. *
Student organizations with funding for travel are eligible to check-out gas cards from OAE. Email email@example.com at least 5 days before your travel to arrange pick-up.
The Office of Activities & Engagement (OAE) can provide a letter sent to you via email verifying your registered student organization travel that you can then provide to faculty IF YOUR TRAVEL IS CONFLICTING WITH ACADEMIC/COURSE OBLIGATIONS. You MUST have submitted your participant travel forms (found above) BEFORE requesting this.
These letters will include:
Travel dates as have been provided to OAE on travel forms;
A statement that OAE can verify this as legitimate student organization travel;
The letter will be an electronic document that you can then either print and hand deliver to faculty members or could be emailed too one or more faculty members. Letters WILL NOT ask faculty to excuse students from class or class work, nor will these letters provide any sort of an endorsement of the club activity, they will merely be verifying the information that you, as a traveler have already provided to the faculty member verbally. These letters SHOULD NOT BE THE FIRST TIME ANY FACULTY MEMBER HAS HEARD ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL AND THE CONFLICT WITH THEIR COURSE. You should have spoken with them about the situation prior to providing this letter of verification
Decisions to excuse absences and/or allow for exceptions to be made to assignment due dates are at each, individual faculty members discretion and no letter generated by the OAE guarantees any particular outcome to these negotiations between students and faculty members.
The OAE must have also received the MASTER TRAVEL FORM (submitted by your trip coordinator) before they will issue these letters. Link to this is found at the top of this page.
To request a letter be generated and emailed to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN 5 days before departure.Any letter requests submitted outside the 5 day window will not be accommodated.
If we rent through Enterprise, where do we pick up the vehicle?
OAE will let you know where after you reserve, most likely the Enterprise location on Main Street.
Can clubs use the gas cards with Enterprise rentals AND personal vehicles?
Clubs who have student organization funding for club travel are eligible to use the gas cards with both.
If renting from Enterprise, do we need to return the vehicle full of gas?
No, unless you wish to. The gas will just be added to your bill if you don't.
How much are the Enterprise vehicles?
Please CLICK HERE to see the pricing under the MSU contract. Please note these prices include the insurance.
The rates have prices for 12-passenger vans, can clubs rent them?
No! MSU students are not allowed to travel in vehicles larger than 10-passenger. SUVs and Vans hold 7 people total and are the largest vehicles in the Enterprise fleet available to MSU students.
How old do students need to be to drive?
18 years and older with a valid driver’s license.
Can non-MSU people travel in and/or drive the Enterprise vehicle?
No, unless they are a coach (paid or volunteer). Coaches are considered official MSU volunteers. If they plan to drive or travel with the club, they must visit this page and fill out the form at the bottom: http://www.montana.edu/policy/volunteer/. A copy should be retained in OAE.
What is the cancellation policy for Enterprise vehicles?
Cancellation timeframe is 24hrs for cars and 36hrs on all other vehicles. If the road conditions are listed as emergency travel only, then this does not apply HOWEVER you must NOT pick-up the vehicle from Enterprise if this is the case, otherwise you will be charged.
How soon should my club reserve vehicles?
As soon as you know your travel dates and number of travelers, contact us. Enterprise runs out of vehicles quickly due to high demand, especially larger ones.
Do we have to reserve the vehicles through OAE or can we call Enterprise directly?
Please work through the OAE if your club has funding, do not call Enterprise directly. If you do not have funding, you are able to call Enterprise directly and arrange your own vehicle needs.