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Accepting Credit Cards to Conduct University Business

For all units that accept credit cards as a method of payment for goods or services in relation to university business/operations, Cornell University requires compliance with Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) protocols, and with the procedures outlined in this document. Units wishing to accept credit cards for payment must be pre-approved by the Office of Cash Management (Ithaca campus units) or the Finance Office (Weill Cornell Medicine units).

Policy details


Your local college or unit administrative office.

Violations of Finance Policy

Violation of a financial policy should be reported to your supervisor, your human resource representative, unit manager and/or the office responsible for the policy. Where these resources are inadequate, you may choose to make an anonymous report through the Cornell University Hotline.

Revision History:

4/22/2020: Updated list of prohibited credit card activities in Principles to exclude tuition payments for degree-granting programs. Cornell's third-party tuition billing servicer (Cashnet) accepts credit cards with a convenience fee.

1/04/2019: Changed Responsible Executive from "Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer" to "Executive Vice President and CFO"

7/13/2018: Policy fully reviewed and updated to comply with the latest Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).