Following a recent student government decision at the University of Mary Washington, the campus’ EagleOne cards can now be used to tip wait staff when paying the bill.
According to The Blue & Gray Press, students were previously unable to tip on purchases made via their EagleOne card, but an alteration has been made that enables students to tip and eliminate the need to carry cash. Students wishing to tip had to previously use cash or use a different credit/debit card.
UMW’s EagleOne card is also used for access to campus residence halls, fitness center and various other on-campus amenities including vending machine and laundry payments, print/copy and for purchases at select local Fredericksburg area retailers.
It’s purchases made at local Fredericksburg restaurants that inspired the change. By adding money to an EagleOne card students can make purchases at a number of retailers around Mary Washington. The EagleOne card can be used at a host of both local and franchise locations including Baba Ganoush Mediterranean Grill, Chipotle, Country Cookin’, CVS Pharmacy, Domino’s Pizza, Greens & Grains Café, Home Team Grill, IHOP, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Pancho Villa, and Subway among others.
Despite the EagleOne’s clear utility, it isn’t regularly used by all students. According to the Blue & Gray report, many students are yet to be convinced that the student ID is useful to add money from their personal debit/credit card accounts onto their EagleOne card to pay for the same purchases.
The report suggests that this latest EagleOne initiative is an attempt to expand the card’s utility both on and off campus, achieve greater buy in, and boost student use of the credential. University officials hope that the addition of tipping on on EagleOne purchases will be one way to reinforce the ID as an integral resource for students.