HawkCard Office

General Information

The HawkCard is your official identification card at UW-Whitewater and serves as proof of association with the University.

The card is an essential part of campus life at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and should be carried with you at all times. Each card includes a digitized photo of the authorized user and following information:

  • Name
  • Photograph
  • Status with the University
  • University Identification Number
To receive your HawkCard, one of the following forms of Government issued photo identification must be presented:
  • Drivers License
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Military Identification card

Property of UW-Whitewater

The HawkCard photo ID card is the property of UW-Whitewater, is non-transferable, and does not guarantee current university status. Fraudulent use or reproduction of a UW-Whitewater ID card violates Wisconsin criminal statutes and will be referred for prosecution.

Lost and Found Cards

Any ID card that is found should be immediately forwarded to the HawkCard Office at the University Center, UC 250. Anyone looking for a lost card can call (262) 472-1437 to see if the card has been turned in. For information on how to suspend a lost card click here.

Your First HawkCard

Your first HawkCard is free to all new students, faculty and staff.

New students who will be living in the Residence Halls will receive their first HawkCard on move in day at their Residence Hall.

Commuting students may pick up their first HawkCard from the HawkCard Office beginning the week prior to the start of classes.

New faculty and staff will be issued their HawkCard at the time they have their picture taken.

Replacement HawkCards

A replacement card will be provided at no charge under the following circumstances:

  • Name change (must be verified with Registrar/WINS)
  • Change of university status (i.e., student to staff)
  • Defective card (at the discretion of HawkCard Office staff)

All other replacement cards will require a $25 replacement card fee.

How To Extend The Life Of Your HawkCard

The technology that makes your HawkCard work includes an antenna, electronic chip, and magnetic stripe. These are embedded into the card when it is manufactured. There are three primary reasons for your HawkCard to stop working on electronically controlled doors:

  • Damage to the antenna or damage to the bond between the chip and the antenna will destroy the card.
  • Exposing the card to electro static discharge (ESD) can damage the integrated circuit.
  • Strong magnetic fields can wipe out the programming on the card’s chip.

Your HawkCard is intended to be used strictly for access control and identification purposes, including meal plans, Purple Points and other specific uses at UW-W. When HawkCards fail, it is frequently the result of unintentional abuse by the card holder. Below is a list of common actions that damage a card

  • Machine washing the card by accident when it is forgotten in a pocket of a shirt or pair of pants.
  • Exposing the card to extreme heat (direct sunlight on the dash of your car, clothes dryer or iron).
  • Punching a hole or slot in the card.
  • Using the card as an ice scrapper for the windows of your vehicle.
  • Bending, twisting or crimping the card.
  • Exposing the card to chemicals including organic solvents, thinners, mineral spirits, alcohol, isopropyl, ethanol or methyl.

For Students

The HawkCard is your official University ID card at UW-Whitewater, provided to you for the duration of your enrollment at UW-Whitewater and serves as proof of association with the University. Some departments use the HawkCard as a means to grant access to their information and services. For example, the Library, as well as the University Bookstore, use the HawkCard to allow you to check out your books. It is also used by Dining Services to access your meal plan, Dining Dollars, and Purple Points. The HawkCard is a necessity of every day campus life, so please, remember to carry your HawkCard with you at all times.

Please take the time to look through the HawkCard FAQ and Purple Point FAQ pages to familiarize yourself with policies and common questions regarding your HawkCard and Purple Point account. If you should happen to lose or damage your HawkCard, you can get another one from the HawkCard Office located in the University Center on the second floor in room 250. The replacement card fee is $25.

For Faculty & Staff

The HawkCard: Your UW-W ID Card Your HawkCard is the all-in-one campus card and serves as:

  • Campus ID card
  • University Library card Textbook Rental card
  • Optional "Staff Advantage Dining Plan" card
  • Optional "Staff Purple Points" debit card
  • Optional "Fitness Center" membership card.

Please take the time to look through the HawkCard FAQ and Purple Point FAQ pages to familiarize yourself with policies and common questions regarding your HawkCard and Purple Point account. If you should happen to lose or damage your HawkCard, you can get another one from the HawkCard Office located in the University Center on the second floor in room 250. The replacement card fee is $25.

Faculty/Staff Purple Point Account

A "Staff Purple Point Account" is a prepaid debit account for UW-W faculty & staff. You can use Purple Points to make purchases on campus at participating departments, all campus vending machines, and select off-campus merchants.

Advantages of a Faculty/Staff Purple Point Account are:

  • Fast & convenient: Quicker then paying with cash at on-campus locations.
  • Your payment is complete in 2 seconds or less.
  • Easy: No need to carry cash, checks, and other credit cards.
  • No annual fee.
  • Accepted at all on-campus dining facilities and vending machines.
  • Accepted at the University Bookstore in Moraine Hall.
  • Off Campus: Accepted at 11 Whitewater businesses. See the current list.
  • Easy deposits: Payroll deduction, web credit card deposits (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover), and at the HawkCard Office.
  • Current: Up-to-date online balances and transaction history available with a click of the mouse.
  • Automatic: Balances roll over each term/year.
  • Debt Free: Not a credit card — no ugly debts. When you buy...you own, not owe.

Terms and conditions for Purple Point Accounts.