‘Campus-Wide Technology Change’ to Student IDs Pending Approval

Caleb Beasley, a junior, swipes his student ID to pick up a package Jan. 21 in Humphrey's Hall.

Beginning with incoming freshmen in fall 2020, UA Campus Card office employees plan to transition student IDs to a contactless system where students tap their cards to pay.

The $200,000 project will allow students to tap their card on a payment device instead of swiping, said Kelly Line, director of the Campus Card office. The project is pending approval from UA IT Services as of Jan. 21.

“If we want to move this to the mobile credential, we’ve really got to start making some changes on campus to do that,” Line said. “This will be really a campus-wide technology change.”

The Campus Card office will move to a new office in the Arkansas Union, to the former Razorback Shop location, in fall 2020.

UA administration has not reissued ID cards campus-wide since 2000, when student ID numbers were changed from students’ social security numbers.

Along with the mobile payment compatibility, Line wants the new IDs to have a different design and plans on completing the design in the spring.

Line wants to avoid issuing every student a new ID because of costs, she said.

Miranda Stith is a news editor for the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a reporter from 2018-2019.

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