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Campus ID Goes Digital

IITS // Spotlights // Summer 2020 Technology Spotlights // Campus ID Goes Fully Virtual

For almost 20 years CSUSM has had intermittent discussions on the need for a campus ID card that could support multiple services, including retail. These discussions became more serious as CSUSM Corporation worked to establish new dining service options on campus. In Fall 2019, IITS received the go-ahead to assume responsibility of the existing Campus ID from the Library and subsequently partnered with CSUSM Corp and Sodexo to deploy a unified ID and retail card.

The original plan and scope included supporting campus ID, student & voluntary meal plans (with CSUSM Corp & Sodexo), and future possibilities to utilize it for student attendance and security-related applications. This card system was to use both Apple Wallet and Google Pay capabilities. This functionality would have limited the need for physical cards and would have deployed a unified platform that can expand beyond the initial dining/retail functions to support attendance tracking and door access (if selected at a future date).

IITS was actively deploying Transact up until the project was put on hold in May 2020 (due to COVID-19). In response to the project hold on Transact, IITS quickly developed an internal system that replaced the need to come to campus for an ID photo. This system enhances our remote service capabilities by allowing students to submit their ID photo via the CSUSM website (campusid.csusm.edu) or the campus app. This integration builds upon the electronic version of the campus Digital ID that was added to the CSUSM App two years ago. (The Digital ID had 34,000 views in Fall 2019.). 

To access the digital Campus ID, simply open up the Campus Mobile App and tap on “VIEW ID” from the home screen.  Your Campus ID also includes your 9-digit CSUSM ID Number visible for easy access in case you ever forget and need it quickly.

To start using your Campus ID, you need to have a photo on file, as the ID Card services will not work without one.  The digital Campus ID is free and you can upload your photo online, or choose to have a physical card printed for a nominal processing fee of $5.

On June 1, 2020, IITS assumed responsibility for ID card operations.

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