Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

University of South Florida provides free transit for students

Monday, October 20, 2014

Students attending the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus can now ride Pinellas County buses for free when they show drivers their student ID.

The feeder campus of more than 6,000 students and faculty instituted the new transit program this month making it the latest organization to participate in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s universal pass program, or U-Pass for short. 

Say 'Cheese'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Online photo submission eases card office burden

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a bad hair day, a stain on your shirt, the dreaded blink or just an ugly smile, everyone has had a bad experience on picture day.

But what if there were a way to avoid this age-old embarrassment altogether? What if you could guarantee the picture-perfect ID photo? Well, you can.

Universities nationwide are starting to enable their students to self-submit their ID card photos online. It’s a practice that’s not only giving students a controlled freedom over the likeness that appears on their ID card, but it’s also helping to streamline card office processes for universities large and small.

The question may become not whether to enable online submission, but whether to build an in-house solution or purchase a system from a third-party vendor. 

Mississippi State cracks down on ID use at sporting events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mississippi Sate university is takes its football seriously, in particular its student admissions. The university sent out a mass email last week reminding students of the proper usage of their ID cards come game day.

In addition to reminding students of policy guidelines, the email also warned students that those caught violating the policy would face disciplinary action by the dean of students office. 

University stresses the safety value of student ID cards

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

Whether because of property theft, personal security or facility damage, the university has identified its student and alumni recreation centers as spaces that require more stringent security protocols. Additionally, the classes that are taught in these buildings differ from traditional classes and pose security challenges. 

Pasadena City College offers discount entertainment with ID card

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A student’s life doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Moreover, when your university is located in a city like Pasadena, California where there’s a lot to do, why not take a study break?

Students at Pasadena City College are reaping the benefits of their enrollment by using their student ID, the LancerCard, to access a variety of campus resources as well as some fun off-campus discounts in the greater Los Angeles area. 

University of Toledo opens food pantry for students in need

Monday, October 13, 2014

The life of a college student is anything but lavish, and between tuition payments, living and food expenses, for some it can be difficult to make ends meet. It’s for this reason that the University of Toledo has opened its own food pantry for students in need of a meal.

The food pantry is located on Toledo’s campus in the basement of the interfaith center, and is open to any and all Toledo students that meet the pantry’s two requirements. The first requirement is a Toledo student status, whether undergrad, graduate, main campus or otherwise, and the student must hold a valid UT student ID. The second requirement is that the student must have a genuine need. 

Pick a card, any card?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A definitive rundown of cardstock materials and considerations

There are a number of considerations that a campus card office must navigate when delivering a robust and functional student credential. For instance, choosing the right printer, card technology and even the proper printing method are all vital concerns, but there is another decision that must be made that precludes each of these factors.

The cardstock itself comes in a number of different flavors, each carrying benefits and limitations. As ColorID’s project manager, Todd Brooks explains, selecting the right card material is a decision worth contemplating.