Utica Referral Program Terms and Conditions

Created by Marcus Harvey, Modified on Fri, 21 Oct, 2022 at 8:53 PM by Marcus Harvey

You can earn rewards by referring friends to register to the Utica Rewards program (“Utica Proud”) and successfully linking their credit card to Utica Rewards. Your participation in this Referral Program ("Referral Program") can earn you Utica Halfmoons to use in conjunction with Utica Rewards and is subject to the Utica Proud Member Terms of Use (“TOU”). 


These terms ("Referral Terms") apply to a User's participation in the Referral Program. By participating in the Referral Program, Users agree to use the Referral Program as outlined herein, and consistent with the TOUwhich are hereby incorporated to these Referral Terms. If you do not agree to these Referral Terms in their entirety, then you cannot participate in the Referral Program. Users also cannot participate in the Referral Program where in so doing, they would violate any applicable law or regulations.


The City of Utica, New York (the “City”) may terminate or change the Referral Program at any time for any reason, without advance notice, to the fullest extent permitted by law, including the methods through which Halfmoons are earned or the amount Halfmoons credited. The City may disqualify any User at any time from participation in the Referral Program if that User does not comply with all Referral Terms. The total number of Halfmoons to be distributed in the Referral Program is limited to the funds dedicated by the City to the Referral Program.  Should the Utica Halfmoon distribution under the Referral Program reach that limit, the Referral Program will automatically be deemed terminated regardless if the Referral Program is still showing as available on Utica Proud. 


The City, in its sole and absolute discretion, may determine to provide Credits to any Referrer or Referred User that registers for the Referral Program following automatic termination due to reaching the Credit limit.


Any changes to the Referral Program will be published in the Referral Program Terms and Conditions in Utica Proud and will become effective as of the date of their publication. Credits are given under the terms that were valid at the time the Referred User (as defined below) linked their debit or credit card to Utica Proud.



This Referral Program is void where such referral programs are prohibited. Users who refer others to Utica Proud are "Referrers" and those who are referred are "Referred Users." Referrers may be eligible to receive Halfmoons for every qualified referral. Referrers must (1) be eligible to use Utica Proud Rewards and participate in the Reward Program; (2) have an existing, valid Utica Proud User Account, and (3) otherwise be in good standing in connection with Utica Proud and the Referral Program. 



How It Works 

To participate, click on the “invite a friend” icon or banner in Utica Proud and follow the on-screen instructions to start referring. You will be provided a personal link and a referral code ("Personal Link/Code") that you can share with your friends and colleagues. If a person you referred uses your Personal Link/Code to register on Utica Proud and links their credit card successfully to Utica Proud each of you will receive a credit to your User Account. Also, to be eligible to receive Credit for it, a referral must comply with all the terms of the Referral Program (“Qualified Referral”). 


Halfmoons may only be used in accordance with the TOU and may never be redeemed for cash.


Qualified Referrals

Upon signing up for the Referral Program, Referrers will be provided with their Personal Link/Code that allows Referred Users to receive Credit. No purchase is required for participation in the Referral Program. Once a Qualified Referral has occurred, the Referrer will be notified by a push notification (if enabled by the Referrer) and/or an in-app notification. Referrers must not engage in illegal activity (including, but not limited to violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, as amended), spamming or other unfair or otherwise problematic practices, including creating fake accounts or harassing potential referral sources.


For a referral to be considered a Qualified Referral, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The Referred User must use the Personal Link/Code from a Referrer in good standing with the City.

  2. The Referred User must either: (i) register to the App using Referrer’s Personal Link/Code, AND successfully link a debit or credit card to the App; or (ii) register to Utica Proud AND provide Referrer’s Personal Code under the “Me” tab before going through the process of linking a debit or credit card to the App, and, finally, successfully link their credit card to the App. 

  3. Note: If the Referred User has linked their credit card without prior registration to Utica Proud through a Personal Link or without providing a Personal Code prior to completing the credit card linking process, the registration and card linking will not count as a Qualified Referral and Credit will not be provided to the Referrer and the Referred User.

  4. If a Referred User receives more than one Personal Link/Code, City will provide the Credit to the person whose Personal Link/Code is used to complete the Utica Rewards registration and card linking process for the first time. 

  5. The Referred User must not be registered with Utica Proud and not have previously registered with Utica Proud under any email address or phone number for at least 12 months;

  6. The Referred User must register for Utica Proud using a valid and current email address and mobile phone number that has not been used to register for Utica Proud within the last 12 months.

  7. The Referred User must be eligible to create a Utica Proud Account; City reserves the right to decline registration of Referred User, and in such a case Credit will not be awarded to either the Referred User or the Referrer. 

How Credits Work

Credits are subject to verification and will generally be awarded automatically upon verification. City may withhold a Credit if it reasonably believes additional verification is required. City may also withhold or invalidate any potential credit it deems fraudulent, suspicious, or in violation of these Referral Terms. 


Referrer's Code of Conduct

Referrers agree that they will not violate any of these Terms, or otherwise engage in activity that could be considered harassment toward others. Users agree not to use the Referral Program to:

  • Spam or otherwise create bulk distributions of the Personal Link/Code that is inappropriate

  • Collect or attempt to collect personal data about Users or potential Referred Users

  • Engage in any actions that are designed to disrupt or undermine the Program

  • Violate any federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations (including, but not limited to violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, as amended) 


Inappropriate Behavior

City may prohibit anyone from participating in the Referral Program or receiving Credit if it determines such User is attempting to undermine the fairness, integrity, or legitimate operation of the Referral Program in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. 


Use of any automated system to participate is strictly prohibited, and if discovered, will result in disqualification. Referrals generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. 



Participation in the Referral Program may require a Referred User and/or a Referrer to submit personal information. The personal information will be collected, processed, and used in accordance with the Privacy Policy which can be found here. In addition, personal information may be used by City on City's behalf, to contact Users with regards to participation in the Program and to receive communications from City or any third-party administrators.


Reservations of Rights

The City’s failure to enforce any term of these Referral Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

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