Yesterday, the GOCard office announced a new partnership with PNC Bank, allowing students to link their PNC bank accounts with their GoCards. This change will turn GoCards into PIN-based debit cards. Students will now be able to use their GOCards to make transactions off campus, in grocery stores and other locations, according to the press release.
No credit card fees will be implemented in this transfer. “GOCard is the only card you will need on and off campus,” the GOCard office wrote to students. The closest PNC location is on M Street and Wisconsin Ave. Do you have a PNC account?
A GoCard machine used for operating laundry facilities in Henle Village was stolen between midnight and 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Denise Fung, area coordinator for Henle, emailed residents on Wednesday informing them that the community will likely be billed between $2,000 and $3,000 for the cost of replacing the machine. The cost will be split evenly among Henle residents unless someone comes forward to claim responsibility for the incident.
Full text of the email to Henle residents after the jump.
Remember how you used to stroll into a dorm, leisurely swiping your GOCard? Well, forget it.
A new public safety policy will require guards to take residents’ GOCards, examine their photographs, and swipe their cards for them. The policy will be in place by the beginning of the fall semester.
According to Department of Public Safety Associate Director Joseph Smith, the new rules are meant to ensure on-campus safety.
“The University implemented this new procedure after reviewing the process and concluding that doing so would be more consistent with best practices in assets protection,” Smith wrote in an email. “In essence, it allows us to verify that the person presenting the card is the legitimate user of that card.”
Last year, the University enacted a pilot program in Copley Hall to test the new policy. The program’s success emboldened the University to expand it to all applicable residence halls for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Smith added that the decision was “not a reaction to any specific incident.”
In coordination with the Office of University Safety and other key stakeholders, the look of the (G)eorgetown (O)ne (Card) has been redesigned to make it easier to visually identify cardholders, their roles, and expiration in the event of an emergency and in interactions with university personnel.
According to the announcement, existing GoCards do not need to be replaced; the change will only apply to newly issued and replacement GoCards.
A new GOCard costs $25, which seems especially steep when you consider that students often lose their GOCards because of some calamity like losing their backpack or being mugged. Just when you’ve cancelled your credit cards and paid for a new key, you have to cough up $25 to the University.
According to GOCard Director Roman Fahrmann, here’s where that money goes:
5% for card supplies
10% for equipment
15% for office equipment
30% for IT support and infrastructure
40% for staff
All those inputs make a GOCard seem downright cheap, but that’s no consolation when you’re already paying to replace other lost belongings.