Policy Number: 170

Discount Program

Subject:

Discount Program

Scope:

Employees, Students, Residents and Fellows

Date Reviewed: October 2013

Responsible Office: UT Counseling & WorkLife Services

Responsible Executive: Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

I.     POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT

It is the policy of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") to permit businesses to offer their products and services to university employees, students, residents and fellows (“university participants”) at a discounted rate under the provisions of a discount program. This policy is intended to be interpreted to comply with UT System Policy 141 Guidelines for Employee Discount Programs.

II.     DEFINITIONS

Provider is defined as an eligible business entity that is in compliance with applicable UT System Board of Regents' Rules and Regulations, university policies, and state laws including certification requirements applicable to the provision of a particular service or product.

University participants are defined as employees, students, residents and fellows of the university.

III.     PROCEDURE

A. Provider Participation Requirements

Vendors who call the university offering discounts will be directed to the vendor website. University participants who wish to nominate a vendor or service will direct the vendor to the vendor website

Providers will be required to renew applications by September 1 of each year.  Providers will receive a notice prior to August 1 of each year notifying them of the renewal process.

Participating service and product providers must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, applicable university policies, and state law including any licensing or certification requirements applicable to the provisions of a particular service or product.  Participating providers may not offer discounts to products or services such as cigarettes or other tobacco products, gambling services or venues, sexual services or adult entertainment, alcohol, or firearms.

All discount offers made through the program must be an added value or actual discount on products or services.  Discount offers must be extended equally to all university participants.  At a minimum, the provider must offer at least a 10% discount or equal value to university participants.

Providers may not disclaim knowledge of, or responsibility for, the authenticity or legality of the products or services offered.

Participating providers shall not use UT System or university logos or seals or otherwise imply that participation in the program equals endorsement by UT System or the university.  See UT System Policy 122 Guidelines for Web Site Solicitations.

The provider application and selection process does not include a formal or informal appeals process. Discount service and product providers owned or controlled by the university or UT System, or their respective officers and employees, may not participate in the discount program.

Participation in the discount program as a discount service or product provider:

B. Participation Guidelines for University Participants

The discount program website and all information concerning the discount program shall reference this policy and include the following disclaimers:

C. Cancellation of Program or Discontinuance of Participation or of Products and Services

IV.     CONTACTS

ContactTelephoneEmail/Web Address
UT Counseling & WorkLife Services 713-500-3327

http://publicaffairs.uth.tmc.edu/worklife/contact.html

uteapmgmt@uth.tmc.edu