Identification Card (WildCARD) Policies

The University identification card (WildCARD) identifies registered students and should be carried at all times. The WildCARD is the property of the University and is not transferable; its privileges may be canceled at any time if the card is misused. Students are required to surrender their WildCARD to University officials upon request.

The student’s ID number is encoded on the card and indicates whether the student is currently registered and if the card is valid. The card identifies the holder for admission to the library during hours of limited access and is needed at all times to borrow books. If students carry a meal plan, the WildCARD admits them to residence hall dining facilities. It also identifies the holder at Health Services, Norris University Center, student functions and elections, and University athletic events and as a resident of an on-campus living unit.

A cardholder may activate a personal U.S. Bank student checking account, allowing the card to be used as an automatic teller machine (ATM) card. Cardholders can then make purchases wherever ATM cards are accepted as well as write checks against an available balance.

A cash stripe on the WildCARD may be used for purchases in some vending machines and copiers. To use the cash stripe, find any campus Cash to Card machine and insert the card and then money, up to a maximum of $50. Visitors may purchase cash stripe cards at select Cash to Card machines in the main University Library.

Hundreds of local businesses participate in the WildCARD Advantage program by offering discounts to students on a wide range of products and services. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu/uservices/wildcard/advantage_discounts/.

Immediately report a lost or stolen card to the WildCARD Office, 847-467-NUID (6843). Leave a voicemail message if calling after hours. Cards may be replaced at the WildCARD office at Norris University Center, underground level, for a $15 fee. Found cards should be returned or mailed to the WildCARD office.

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