The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is putting its current HigherOne ID card out to pasture in favor of a new EagleID that will better align the campus with PCI compliance considerations.
According to UWL’s The Racquet, the campus is currently in the process of transitioning to the new ID cards, replacing the current HigherOne ID card a new credential dubbed the EagleID. The new EagleIDs will understandably assume the same functionalities of the current HigherOne credentials with the noted exception of the debit card utility for those students that have a HigherOne checking account.
University officials stress that the student-facing changes will be minimal. “We are not changing the ID card system, we are just replacing the cards so that there will no longer be a MasterCard logo on the ID card,” says Larry Ringgenberg, UWL’s Director of University Centers, in an interview with The Racquet. “Everything else will remain the same.”
The one notable change will be the removal of students’ ability to link their student ID card to their bank account. University officials also stressed that UWL chose to make this move to a new ID card in large part due to concerns over PCI compliance.
All students returning to UWL for classes this summer or the coming fall are required to get the new EagleID. All students will also need to provide a new ID photo for which UWL currently offers online photo submission. Faculty and staff are also required to receive the new EagleID in order to access campus buildings after hours.
Students will need a valid form of identification — driver’s license, passport, etc. — to receive the new EagleID, and once issued, the previous HigherOne card will no longer work for on-campus transactions, including UWL’s Campus Cash. The university has also provided a comprehensive FAQ list to better assist the UWL community throughout the transition.