Kaddee’s Cairo Chronicles

May 23, 2009

Authorization for Departure

Filed under: How it works — Kaddee @ 6:39 pm

No kidding – I have to be authorized by a bunch of bureaucrats and secretaries before I will be allowed to depart!  LOL

I have begun the long and tortuous process of collecting signatures on an “official” piece of paper.  We are in the 21st century, at a “state-of-the-art” campus and I am spending hours wandering around to offices to attempt to get people to sign a piece of paper!

So far I have managed-

  • Faculty Services – Miss Louise has to sign off that I have not taken (and kept) books from the Faculty Lounge Library – this one was the easiest, because I KNOW Louise and where her office is!
  • Main Library – this SEEMS straight forward, except no-one at the circulation desk seems to know who is authorized to sign the piece of paper.  Three separate people asked for my ID, checked that I had no overdue books or items on reserve or hold and agreed that I am “clear” but no-one would sign the paper!  Finally, one of the staff just signed a squiggle on the line and told me I could go.  The others looked  mortified at the gall of the signator!
  • International Phone Office – (no I am not kidding) I didn’t even know there WAS such a place, nor did I have any idea why I needed to go there.  I was informed that the office had to make sure that I had not made any international calls through the University switchboard!  WHAT?  Is that possible?  There’s a switchboard somewhere?
  • Chain Supply Office – I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what this office does – it used to be the Business Support office, not that that is any clearer to me.
  • Human Resources Office – they, apparently, need to make sure that I don’t owe the University Clinic any money for things not covered by my health plan.  I think the actual reason for the signature is so that they can try to sell you the insurance COBRA coverage.  Sigh.

I still have a number of signatures to get:

  • Housing has to come and make sure that I’m not taking home any of their rugs or lamps
  • The Dean of SSE and the Chair of Biology have to make sure that I’ve “completed my contractual obligations” to the University before I can be “authorized” to leave
  • Payroll (who won’t sign off until everyone else has, but you have to go thru many hoops with them BEFORE you can get everyone else’s signatures)

I am rather bemused at the MASSIVE headaches that must go on for me to LEAVE the institution.  It seems like harder work than getting there in the first place!


  1. What happens if you don’t have these signatures? Can someone stop you from leaving?

    Comment by Typ0 — May 23, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  2. Maybe it’s like the Aussie women who used to dance in the casinos in S. Korea – they keep you passport so you can’t leave?


    Silly paperwork.

    Comment by Steve — May 24, 2009 @ 6:40 am

  3. They don’t have my passport – however I *suppose* if I didn’t get “authorization” they might not ship my stuff home!?

    Seems a bit harsh – for a library book or something like that!

    Comment by Kaddee — May 24, 2009 @ 8:21 am

  4. That’s a possibility. So, turn in your library books. :)

    Comment by Steve — May 25, 2009 @ 6:14 am

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