Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Vanderbilt extends free rides to graduate students

Friday, August 15, 2008

A swipe of their student ID card is all graduate students at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., will need to ride the bus to school for free. The service, which has been available to Vandy’s employees for four years, was extended to these 5,500 students because most of them live off campus which means a daily commute.

The program is offered in conjunction with the city’s Metro Transit Authority, but the university pays for the ride. Read more here[end] 

Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, Calif. is using student IDs and smartphones as a means for students to earn certain privileges.

The program is called Student Scan Identification Card Authorization, or SSSICA. As ABC’s local Visalia affiliate reports, campus administrators greet students by scanning a bar code on the students’ IDs to determine whether they have permission to leave campus for lunch or attend school events such as a football game.

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The use of Social Security numbers has once again become a hot-button topic in Louisiana legislature, particularly for students who often share the sensitive data even without parental knowledge.

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Students at Burnley College in Lancashire (UK) are being offered free bus travel if they achieve 100% attendance in classes, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

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Students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. have been swiping on and off the school bus for a couple of years but now parents can check when and where they tapped their IDs with a system from MyFirstPass, developed by the First Student bus company.

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Student Beans ID is a new iOS app designed for college students seeking to use their campus ID for student discounts. The app acts as a digital student ID, enabling users to discover and access thousands of student discounts in and around campus.

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Student purchases made on the University of Wisconsin’s campus – with the university’s Wiscard – are set to be simplified as well as offer additional discounts on food.

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