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Indiana University Announces Crimson Card System
Updated February 10, 2017 6:38 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University plans to begin rolling out a new, university-wide photo identification card this spring.

The Crimson Card will replace the various identification cards used on different IU campuses. It also will streamline university services and meet voter identification requirements.

With students scattered across the state, Indiana University has a problem: different campuses have different IDs, which limits how students interact with multiple expensive systems. To combat this, all IU campus identification cards will be replaced with the new Crimson Card. The card will reduce cost and streamline interaction between different campuses.

Prospective students on all campuses attending 2017 spring and summer will be the first to receive the cards. All student are required to have the card by September 15.

Returning students will be able to trade their IDs at no cost. Student accounts such as meal plan and EZ Deposit will not be affected by the change.

The card comes with increased security measures and will conform to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

In addition to improving efficiency and reducing cost, the new card is a SmartCard, which offers enhanced security and allows students, faculty, and staff to use a single card for a wide range of functions, including purchasing, identity verification, and secure entry to IU buildings and resident halls.

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