Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Students at Michigan university push for expanded campus card

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Student Senate of Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich., has proposed a new ID card that would combine several functions and would enable students to carry just one card, instead of several.

The senate-passed resolution calls for a new card that would double as a room key, laundry card and an ATM card.

“When we started looking into other schools’ ID cards, we were amazed by the capabilities of some of the ID cards,” said Craig Flora, a student senate member who authored the resolution.


“I personally am very supportive of having one ID card opposed to three,” said Lindsay Viviano, vice president of the Public Relations Committee. “I know as a freshman, it was a bit inconvenient always having to carry multiple cards, especially since so many other universities have only one card,”

Flora emphasized that just because the student senate has adopted the proposal doesn’t mean it will be implemented on campus.

Doug Wentworth, director of auxiliary services, said it is “a more complex issue than it might appear on the surface, and it involves many different departments on campus.”

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The University of New Brunswick is adding a unique feature to its campus ID by harkening back the oldest payment method around, cash.

The new university identification cards double as cash cards that can be used at selected businesses on campus. The new IDs have seemingly been a big hit, as an estimated 1,100 students have already made the switch to the new credential.

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Western Michigan University has decided to allow its students and faculty to help decide what their campus credentials will look like by opening an online poll to decide the card’s new logo.

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Students at the University of Illinois can now use their smart phone to pay for parking at campus meters.

The new Pay By Phone system is up and running at the university’s main campus and according to the Daily Illini could see rollouts to off-campus locations in Champaign and Urbana as well.

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A student ID can verify an individual’s identity with a simple swipe, tap or scan, instantly tethering the person who presents the card to a user account on the backend system. But what happens when the cardholder no longer uses their legal name?

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