– UMSL has made a few changes to the ID card issued to students, faculty, and staff as the official photo identification card to use to access various facilities and utilize various resources around campus. –PHOTO: A sign summarizing the uses for the new TritonCard near where students can get their card. Photo by Donna Brandy for The Current 2014 ©
By Donna Brandy, Staff Writer for The Current
The University of Missouri—St. Louis has made a few changes to the ID card issued to students, faculty, and staff. It is the official photo identification card to use to access various facilities and utilize various resources around campus. Without having the ID card, access to facilities and resources can be denied. The TritonCard Office is located on the lower level of the Millennium Student Center between the Nosh and the vending machine area. One of the changes to the ID card is a name change. It is now called the TritonCard. The magnetic strips on the new cards have been moved to the bottom of the card to prevent the photos of students from fading because of continuous swiping to access dorms and other secured areas during and after hours. It has also been laminated for extra protection.
This card can be used to pay for student meal plans and stored value, at the library to check out books and laptops, access the Residential Halls, utilize the Health and Wellness Center or Triton Store and for campus printing. Other benefits connected to the TritonCard are discounts at the Touhill, use of the University Readership Program, and access to the Fitness Center in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center. Mary Lynn Longsworth, Office Support Staff One in the Triton Card Office, said, “most students don’t realize this but, shortly before the beginning of the term, each semester students can use their IDs to charge up to $1250.00 in the bookstore to their student account” to purchase books and supplies they may need for class.
The requirements to receive a TritonCard is simple. During the current academic school year an individual must be enrolled as a student for at least one course, a current employee or in the New Employee Request status. Some University of Missouri employees, who may be attached to the St. Louis campus, may be eligible to receive a TritonCard. The official documentations that are acceptable as proof of identification are a valid government state ID or driver’s license, a U.S. passport or passport card, a U.S. Employment Authorization Card or a U.S. military ID. The TritonCard is valid for the duration of being a student or an employee of UMSL. The TritonCard must be surrendered upon termination of employment and/or at the request of school officials.
Replacement of the TritonCard can become expensive if the individual loses his or her ID card multiple times. The first time the TritonCard is lost there is a replacement fee of $5.00. Upon additional losses the fee increases in $5.00 increments. Longsworth said, “we have a clip here [TritonCard Office] that we can put on that is really, really hard to take off” to help prevent losing the ID card. Another source for keeping track of the TritonCard is to purchase a lanyard and an ID Card Guard offered in the Triton Store that slides onto the side of the card. Once a replacement TritonCard has been received, the previous card is deactivated and cannot be used. If the TritonCard is lost or stolen it is recommended the individual report it immediately. If a lost TritonCard has been turned into the office, an attempt to contact the cardholder will be done by a staff member. If the TritonCard is damaged or the magnetic strip is not working, the student can “bring in the pieces, we will replace it for free,” said Longsworth. For further information and policies about the TritonCard, please visit http://www.umsl.edu/technology/.
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