Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Regulation E and campus cards: Are hundreds of campus card programs breaking the law?

Friday, August 1, 2003

“One of these days the feds are going to shut you down because that online card system you are using doesn’t follow Reg E.” Comments by the Cynic

“Reg E doesn’t apply to your online system at all—your campus is not a bank and this is not a depository relationship, the students are simply prepaying for stuff. And even if it does, the feds don’t care about campus cards.” Comments by the Ostrich 

FERPA and campus card programs: Where do the lines cross?

Friday, August 1, 2003

Campus card professionals, like most modern administrators, are in the data business. They collect data, process data, determine eligibility for services based on data parameters, disseminate data, and warehouse data. On first glance, most people would not consider the data used by card programs to be education records, but under the law, much of it is just that. And when it comes to governing an educational institution’s handling of educational records, one name comes to mind–Buckley. 

Social Security Numbers on campus: Will new legislation force campuses to deep 6 the 9-digits?

Friday, August 1, 2003

“We are talking about one of the largest-growing crimes in America, with literally hundreds of thousands of victims a year. It is called identity theft … The average identity theft costs $17,000. The average length of time it takes an individual to recover their identity … is a year and a half. It is a substantial and serious crime.

Now, what is the most common personal identifier that is stolen? It is the Social Security number. Because with that and a driver’s license, … you can go out and assume another’s identity and proceed to commit a felony crime.”

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, California, Senate Committee on Finance, July 11, 2002 

Legislation to end ‘unfair competition’ threatens Ohio card programs

Friday, August 1, 2003

Should universities be required to offer their smart card programs to off-campus vendors? At least one legislator in Ohio and the 40 cosponsors of his bill think the answer is “yes.” 

Editor’s note on Ohio legislation: Take action or live with it

Friday, August 1, 2003

While the Ohio staff did an admirable job attempting to provide background on the campus card industry, they were certainly hampered by a lack of historical context of the campus card market. Ohio State’s BuckID program is one of the nation’s most advanced, long established, and well-supported debit card programs. Using their numbers as the benchmark, only a handful of programs across the country could shine. True OSU covers 80% of the costs associated with operating the debit card system with the merchant fee revenues–but after nine years and a wildly successful effort. 

Government’s new SEVIS system to track foreign students hits snags

Friday, August 1, 2003

The SEVIS implementation deadline is barely two weeks old, but the Immigration and Naturalization Service is still fixing glitches. In addition, the Aug. 1 deadline for schools to register their foreign students saw the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, putting agents in the field to make sure foreign students were registered in the new tracking system. 

ask the experts: Social security numbers ...

Friday, August 1, 2003

Many institutions are actively working to eliminate the use of the social security number on their campus cards. What is your position with regards to this issue? Is it of concern? How aggressively should a campus act?