For students at Michigan’s Cornerstone University, the only necessary information for accessing the dining hall used to be a student ID number, whether the campus card was present or not. But after some students presented ID numbers other than their own to gain access to dining facilities, the campus has made the student ID card a requirement for dining hall access.
As reported by The Herald, Cornerstone Food Service decided to reinforce an existing policy that requires students to have a photo ID to enter the dining commons. Prior to the policy enforcement, students who forgot their IDs had grown accustomed to simply giving dining hall cashiers their ID number and being granted access. The newly enforced policy is seen as a more secure, fool-proof way to ensure that student meals are not being misused.
“What we had is someone is giving us numbers from someone else’s ID card and we didn’t have a picture ID to match it up on the computer,” said Cindy Wiltheiss, director of food service, in an interview with The Herald. “We did not catch on to this and someone came to me and said I’m not getting all of my meals; someone is using my ID number. That’s when we first realized what was going on.”
The policy is nothing new, but rather it’s just being enforced. “They got lax on it, and we found people were using other people’s cards,” said Deb Crater, dean of students, in an interview with The Herald. “People were misusing the system. We’re actually going to put something in the handbook just to put the information there.”
Cornerstone Food Service began enforcing the policy over the summer beginning with faculty and staff who were instructed to present their IDs in order to enter the dining commons. With the beginning of the fall semester the policy became a requirement for everyone, with students failing to present their ID card being required to retrieve their card before entering the dining facilities.