Having Gopher GOLD value gives students access to print things from computer labs/libraries (it is the ONLY way to print). Gopher GOLD is the only way to make purchases all over campus by using a U Card. We also offer various discounts for Gopher Gold throughout the year, so students can save $ by taking advantage of these. FlexDine is tax free, but can only be used at UDS owned dining locations and C-Stores. Both of these accounts are available on the U Card automatically. You do not need to open either of these accounts.
Your U Card could become demagnetized by allowing it to be in close proximity with other magnetic objects (large magnetics, medical equipment, etc.).
The cards actually cost over $25 to produce, but we subsidize that cost. Inside of the card is smart chip technology and wiring that runs through the entire card; on the back is a magnetic strip. All of these functions work together to grant individuals access into buildings and also access to all of the 5 separate accounts on the U Card.
If your card was made in 2008 or later, then yes. If your card was made prior to 2008 then your U Card may not have a smart chip in it.
Visit the 'About Your U Card' page to see the U Card components and where you can locate the date that your U Card was created and/or where your smart card number is located.
No, the U Card Office does not control or assign door access. Contact your supervisor, building front desk staff or professor to request access.