No, the U Card Office does not control door access. You should contact your supervisor or professor and they will contact the Department Access Coordinator and request access for you.
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. Click here to view the U Card components to find out where you can locate the date that your U Card was created and/or where your smart card number is located
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.
Allowing your U Card to become close to other magnetic objects (cell phone, large magnetics, medical equipment).