A cellular communication device can be required by a supervisor for an employee under their supervision that meet the eligibility requirements, which include engaging in work-related travel, being frequently out of the office on University business, the employee’s duties requiring being “on call” for essential services and/or the employee being a member of key personnel needed in the event of an emergency.

The purpose of UTDBP3008: Cellular Communications Equipment Policy is to provide guidance regarding the acquisition and use of cellular communications equipment and associated services for University business use. It is a monthly allowance funded from the employee’s department’s budget and is considered taxable income. It does not, however, qualify as compensation for Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) contribution purposes.

Cellular Communication Allowances are processed by completing an ePAR.