No, the U Card Office does not control door access. You should contact your supervisor or department head who will be able to request access for you.
If your card was made in 2008 or later, then yes. If your card was made prior to 2008, your U Card may not have a smart chip. Click here to view the U Card components where you can locate the date your U Card was created and/or your smart card number.
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, the magnetic strip on a credit card, etc.).