The HawkCard 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 the following information of the authorized user:
The first HawkCard is free to all new students, faculty and staff.
The process to obtain your HawkCard will begin upon official registration.
Staff/Faculty, will receive their HawkCard when they stop by the HawkCard Office to have their picture taken. We recommend that all staff call the office first to make sure that they are in our system.
This process is for new incoming students only
NEXT STEPS: OBTAIN YOUR CAMPUS ID- THE HAWKCARD
After completing your SOAR:
Tips & Criteria
Heavily filtered photos will not be accepted. Filters will also affect the size of the photo.
Do's & Don't's
Any ID card that is found should be immediately forwarded to the HawkCard Office at the University Center (Rm 250). Anyone looking for/reporting a lost card should call (262) 472-1437 to see if the card has been turned in and to suspend the activity.
*Cardholder must request reactivation in person at the HawkCard Office.
You may also create an Online HawkCard Office account and suspend activity straight from your phone (as well as other features).
*To suspend your account, click on "Card Services" on the top banner after logging in.
To receive your HawkCard, one of the following forms of government-issued photo identification must be presented except when attending Warhawk SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration):
The technology that makes your HawkCard work includes an antenna, electronic chip, and magnetic stripe. There are three primary reasons for your HawkCard to stop working on electronically controlled doors:
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:
There are two types of non-functioning HawkCards. 1) Non-functioning for electronic door locks and, 2) non-functioning for meal plans, Dining Dollars, etc. If either happens to you, bring your HawkCard into the HawkCard Office to have your HawkCard tested. Sometimes the chip hidden in the card for door access stops working, or never worked to begin with. Sometimes the mag stripe for meal plans, Purple Points, etc., becomes corrupt. In either case the HawkCard staff will review and determine if the card was bad to begin with or if the card was damaged in some way and if there will be a replacement fee charged.
A replacement card will be provided at no charge under the following circumstances when your old HawkCard is turned in:
All other replacement cards will require a $25 replacement card fee.
Voter IDs allow out-of-state students to vote in Wisconsin. However, most students either have a Wisconsin ID, or are not voting when it expires. The expiration of the Voter ID does not impact the functionality of the HawkCard in any capacity. The HawkCard itself never expires.
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.