HawkCard & Dining

The HawkCard Office is here for you! We are your one-stop shop for ID cards, meal plans (both student and faculty/staff), and Purple Points information. You can purchase a meal plan, deposit money in your Purple Points account, get a replacement HawkCard and check your balances. We strive to make your life safer and more convenient!

Use the links to the left to learn much more about your HawkCard, meal plans, Dining Dollars, and Purple Points.

Why do I need a HawkCard?

  • Proof of association with the University
  • University ID Card
  • Residence Hall Access Card
  • Meal Plan Card
  • University Library Card
  • Textbook Rental Card
  • Purple Point Debit Card
  • Admission to UW-W Athletic Events
  • UW-W Fitness Center ID Card (with paid membership) 

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

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
  • Status with the University
  • University Identification Number


To receive your HawkCard, one of the following forms of government-issued photo identification must be presented:

  • Driver's License
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Military Identification card

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.


Your First HawkCard

Your first HawkCard is free to all new students, faculty and staff. New faculty and staff will be issued their HawkCard at the time they have their picture taken. Most students will receive their HawkCards on their orientation ("PlanIt Purple") day.


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 scraper 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.

Questions?

The HawkCard Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended office hours are provided at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions not addressed on this web site, please call us at (262) 472-1437 or send us an email at The HawkCard Office

Purple Points Listserv

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For Faculty & Staff

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

  • University Library card Textbook Rental card
  • Optional "Staff Advantage Dining Plan" and "Staff Purple Point" card
  • Optional "Fitness Center" membership card.