Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Some have issues with combined student ID, banking card

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More and more colleges in Ohio are turning their student IDs into bank cards, which critics say is a red flag for young spenders, according to a local news report.

One college student says the new cards will result in students spending a lot of money, buying late night meals at local restaurants. Another student stated that she had enough trouble keeping up with her other cards, and would likely pass on using the campus card’s debit functionality.


School administrators note that with the cards students cannot accrue debt, because they can only spend what money is in the account. “It is strictly an ATM or debit cards,” said on university vice president.

Administrators also added that the debit-enabled campus cards are in fact safer than most debit cards because they also include a photo of the cardholder.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

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Waukesha County Technical College has started its search for a new banking partner to fill its on-campus location.

A 2009 poll conducted at the Waukesha County Technical College found that 69% of students would use an on-campus bank. Now, the school is seeking proposals for a full-service branch on its Pewaukee campus.

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Students at Williams College are swapping their mag stripe student IDs for a new, combined mag stripe and proximity credential.

The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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A new student-led proposal at Columbia University is looking to place stickers on student ID cards that display contact information for sexual and mental health resources.

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