Starting next week, Harvard students will have to be careful about how they swipe their new ID card, at least in dining halls and several other facilities. They’ll have to flip the card upside down and use the smaller stripe on the card instead of the larger one they may be used to. This is being done for security purposes, since the smaller stripe, which contains a number referencing the student’s cash account, is more secure.
The university switched to new ID cards earlier this year after a security breach which put the old ID cards at risk. If students forget their cards, backup cards will be available to let students eat while they are getting used to the new system, said one Harvard dining official.
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