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How does the new ID card work?

Will my new picture appear in People Search or Class Rosters?

Can I wear my ID card like a nametag?

Can I punch a hole in my card?

What buildings are included in the access control initiative?

When are buildings open and closed on campus?

What if there is a special event and a building needs to be open?

Are the new ID cards secure and safe?

Where can I get a new authorized driver sticker?

What do I do if my card does not work?

How does the new ID card work?

There are three technologies on the ID card.

  1. Magnetic Stripe: the mag stripe is used primarily in the dining halls, on printers and copiers, and for the old card access system. This technology will gradually be phased out.
  2. Barcode: The barcode is primarily used in the library.
  3. Contactless: this new technology is used by the new card access system and over time will be used instead of the magnetic stripe. It is used by holding your card directly in front of the reader within 1-2 inches for 1-3 seconds or by simply tapping the reader with your card.

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Will my new picture appear in People Search or Class Rosters?

Yes. However, the picture export function has not been implemented yet. We are working with our software vendor to get this setup and we expect the new photos to appear in people search and elsewhere within the coming weeks. We will update the Building Access Updates page when this feature is live.

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Can I wear my ID card like a nametag?

The new ID card format is designed to look more like a nametag than a driver’s license, and employees are strongly encouraged to wear ID cards as a name badge. If your card has not had a hole punched, stop by the Housing office to get your card punched. Information about available options for lanyards and retractable clips to hold the card will be available soon.

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Can I punch a hole in my ID card?

You can have a hole punched in your ID card to make it easy to hang from a lanyard, keychain, etc. but please make sure you have the hole punched by an authorized Student Life representative and do not punch the hole yourself. There are tiny wires running through your ID card along the edge and if you puncture or rip these wires, your ID card will not work. The placement of the punch has to be aligned properly.

A look inside your ID card
ID Card Inside

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What buildings are included in the access control initiative?

The initial project includes the Hekman Library, Hiemenga Hall, Chapel, Spoelhof Center, DeVries Hall, Science Building, North Hall, and Mail & Print. The new system will gradually be implemented in all campus buildings but specific order and time line is not yet determined.

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When are buildings open and closed on campus?

Campus buildings open and close based on the building access policy. See the Academic Building Access Policy for more information.

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What if there is a special event and a building needs to be open?

Event details, including changes to the times a building is unlocked, can be coordinated through Event Services.

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Are the new ID cards secure and safe?

The contactless technology in the new cards, HID iClass SE, is among the most secure card technologies available. The card number is encrypted and cards that work on our security system are unique to Calvin College. Cards only transmit radio frequency when presented within 1-2 inches of a card reader.

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Where can I get a new authorized driver sticker?

Replacement Van and Car stickers will be available at the Residence Life office and at the Physical Plant. Please give the receptionist your name so they can verify you are on the authorized driver list. Tow and Knight Rider stickers will be available only at the Physical Plant. Stickers should be placed on the back of the ID card in an area that does not cover the bar code or magnetic strip.

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What do I do if my card does not work?

Contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@calvin.edu or 616-526-8555 if any of the technology on your card is not functioning properly. Be prepared to provide specific information about what did not work properly, where you tried to use the card, and when.

Contact Campus Safety at 616-526-6452 outside of regular business hours if you are locked out of a building that you are eligible to enter.

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