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*Formerly part of the University Handbook
Administrative Policy Statement
35.1



Payment Card Acceptance

(Approved by the President per delegation of authority Administrative Order No. 9)



1.  Purpose

This policy establishes that all University of Washington (University) merchants accepting cards as payment must meet all UW Finance Office of Merchant Services (Merchant Services) requirements and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). All University merchants are required to adopt and implement approved tools, practices, and policies to comply. Failure to comply may result in financial penalties, increased cost of operations, or security breaches.

2.  Scope

This policy applies to all University merchants accepting cards as payment.

3.  Definitions

Cards: Credit, debit, and prepaid cards branded with one of the five partners of the PCI Security Standards Council. The five partners are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB International.

Merchant: Any office, unit, department, or organization at the University that accepts credit cards as a form of payment for goods and/or services. This includes temporary, seasonal, or one-time events.

PCI Security Standards: The information security standards (published by the PCI Security Standards Council) that all merchants taking credit cards as payment are required to adopt and implement. Failure to comply may result in serious fines, penalties, and/or restrictions on merchant account activity.

4.  Payment Card Acceptance

  • Any office, unit, department, or organization wishing to accept cards as a form of payment must open a merchant account through Merchant Services.

  • All University merchants are required to comply with and support PCI data security standards.

  • All University merchants are required to comply with Merchant Services policies and procedures.

  • All University merchants are required to use Merchant Services preferred providers and tools for card transactions. Merchant Services must approve any exemption to using the preferred provider prior to implementation.

5.  Enforcement

Failure to comply with this policy may result in restrictions on card acceptance or closure of merchant account-related services and disciplinary action.

6.  Responsible Office

For additional information contact Merchant Services.

7.  History

April 30, 2009; May 13, 2009; October 15, 2018.