Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Twitter helps university police catch ID card thief

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police used social media, in this case Twitter, to identify a person who stole a student’s Oklahoma State University ID card and used it to buy books at the bookstore. The thief then resold the books for cash.

According to a university spokesperson, police had security camera footage of the suspect but could not identify him. Police then posted a snapshot of the suspect on the school’s police Twitter page, seeking assistance from students.


The page had 10,000 hits in two hours and within four hours police had received four tips identifying the same person.

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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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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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A student’s life doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Moreover, when your university is located in a city like Pasadena, California where there’s a lot to do, why not take a study break?

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The university of Massachusetts has installed a new access system for campus residence halls in an effort to clamp down on everything from parties to alleged sexual assaults.

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