Five Alabama students, including four members of the Student Government Association, had a trip to Pasadena paid for in violation of spending rules, the student newspaper Crimson White reported.
The students traveled to California to cook and serve food at the Union Station Homeless Services Adult Center on Jan. 6, the day before the Bowl Championship Series title game. Student leaders from Texas also took part.
The group spent $4,742.95 for the trip, which included airfare, hotel, a rental van and food stipends. Tickets to the BCS title game were an out-of-pocket expense.
The Code of Laws that regulate the student government's activities state that expenditures of more than $1,000 cannot be made without the SGA Senate's approval. The Senate did not approve the expenses.
SGA spokeswoman Anne Elizabeth Davis described the violation as "an inadvertent admission."
The Senate met Thursday night, its first meeting since November, but made no mention of the trip.