When it comes to printing campus cards, there are pieces of information that, under certain circumstances, can give that credential power beyond the campus walls. The decision of what to include on a campus card is entirely dependent upon the preference of the university. And in truth, there’s no wrong answer.
Nevertheless, it’s a topic that’s been discussed in the current issue of CR80News. In that article, one of the pieces of information mentioned are birth dates.
That being said, Miami University student IDs will now be printed with student birth dates. Per a report from The Miami Student, all current and future students who require a new Miami ID will be issued one with a birth date.
University officials say the decision to include birth dates came, in part, from the work of the university’s alcohol task force and conversations with alcohol permit holders in the immediate campus area. In talking with these local merchants, the university decided that printing birth dates on the Miami ID could be beneficial in identifying students’ true ages.
Miami had previously printed birth dates on student IDs until the fall of 2011 before removing them. Those close to the university’s card operations say that there was’t a specific reason to do away with birth dates in the first place, and the university sees merit in their inclusion on the campus card.
The report also reveals that one Miami student — an employee at a local bar — says that Miami student IDs are sometimes accepted for access. In these situations, students can only use their student ID if they already have an “X” on their hand.
At one local bar, the student ID will get students in the door. It can’t, however, be used by itself to gain entry to the exclusively 21 and over section of the bar. For that, students have to show both a valid state ID and a second form of identification.
Per the report, students routinely use their university IDs as a second form for entry. As a result of the newly printed birth dates, local bars could see more students resorting to credit cards or other secondary forms of ID, as the campus card would clearly display legal age. Students who currently hold IDs without birth dates are not required to swap over to the new card, but any lost, stolen or broken IDs will be replaced with the new birth date card.