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Your U Card is your official University of Minnesota photo ID card and more! While your role code, seven-digit ID number and photo are all part of the visual identification on your U Card, it also uses magnetic stripe and Smart Chip technologies to open secure doors, purchase items with Gopher GOLD™ Value and more!
1) University Role Code Indicator (student, staff, faculty, etc.)
The University assigns cardholder roles of which there are thirteen different role codes. They are student, affiliated student, visiting student, faculty, retired faculty, staff, affiliated staff, retired staff, academic staff, affiliated academic staff, retired academic staff, visitor, and regent.
A picture is taken of each cardholder and printed on the front of the U Card for identification purposes. It is electronically stored and can be used in other cases only with the cardholder's express written consent.
7) Issue Date
U Cards have issue dates, the date the U Card was issued to the cardholder, and not expiration dates. Your U Card itself never expires because it may have banking, Gopher GOLD or other services associated with it. For this reason, never turn in your U Card at termination of employment or class or use as collateral. Individual service providers (e.g., the library, UDS, etc) determine when you can no longer use your U Card for their services.
8) Magnetic Stripe
The U Card's top magnetic stripe can be swiped to access your online Gopher GOLD™ account and other electronically stored information in order to verify cardholder information, door access, ATM access. It has a high coercivity and should be kept away from magnets and other card's magnetic stripes as it could be demagnetized or demagnetize other cards' magenetic stripes. The higher coercivity means that it is difficult to demagnetize the U Card's magnetic stripe, however, machines using magnetic fields such as MRIs or CTs could damage the U Card's top stripe.
Personal information is kept secure and confidential at the U Card Office. Outside parties are not privileged to personal or account information unless express consent is granted or the University of Minnesota must comply with legal or government agencies.