Michigan State University
This policy does not apply to MSU-sponsored Employee Awards, Service Recognition Programs, or Student Financial Aid/Awards/Scholarships.
Gifts and prizes include cash payments, gift cards, and non-cash gifts paid for with University funds.
Gift cards include retail cards, cards for MSU goods and services, VISA or other debit-style cards, and Spartan Cash.
Non-cash gifts include tangible personal property and include plaques, flowers, clothing, art, and household goods.
This policy does not apply to sponsorships or donations – see MBP Section 47.
Generally, students are not eligible for University-funded gifts. See Item VI below for information regarding prizes for formal contests/drawings, special events, and departmental (non-research) surveys.
Payment for research participation is not considered a gift. The MSU Purchasing Card and other payment methods may be used to purchase gift cards for research participants where allowable under formal grants or contracts. Please consult your specific grant or contract for eligibility.
Prizes for organized contests and drawings, MSU-sponsored events (for example, a student event hosted by Campus Living Services), departmental surveys, etc. are generally not considered gifts for the purposes of this policy. Before purchasing and awarding such prizes over $75 in value, please contact Accounting (355-5000) for approval, payment processing options, and tax reporting requirements.