University policy prohibits the use of rewards programs for purchase because there is a potential for using rewards points for personal purchases. Because there is not a way to monitor such rewards in a way that is cost effective, the University's policy is that we should not participate in these programs. The purchase of an Amazon Prime membership falls under rewards programs and is not an allowable expense because this membership is not limited to UI business only and can be used for personal purchases.
Other examples would include Best Buy rewards, Hy-Vee fuel saver program and Apple gift cards.
Questions regarding this policy can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org