I need access to a building on campus. Can the U Card Office grant me access?
No, the U Card Office does not control door access. You should contact your supervisor or professor and they will contact the Department Access Coordinator and request access for you.
Do I have a smart chip in my U Card for contactless/proximity reader door access?
If your card was made in 2008 or later, then yes. If your card was made prior to 2008 then your U Card may not have a smart chip in it. Click here to view the U Card components to find out where you can locate the date that your U Card was created and/or where your smart card number is located.
Why does a replacement cost $30? Isn't it just a plastic card?
The cards actually cost over $30 to produce, but we subsidize that cost. Inside of the card is smart chip technology and wiring that runs through the entire card; on the back is a magnetic strip. All of these functions work together to grant individuals access into buildings and also access to all of the 5 separate accounts on the U Card.
How could my U Card have gotten demagnetized?
Allowing your U Card to become close to other magnetic objects (cell phone, large magnetics, medical equipment).