What is the CatCard?
How is the CatCard used on campus?
- Bursar Account authorization
- Library Privileges
- Campus Recreation Center Access
- Parking & Transportation Services
- Identification and Status Verification
- UA Athletics ZonaZoo Pass verification
- Library Privileges
- Building Access
- Meal Plans
What are the components of the CatCard?
- Digitized Picture: Used for identification
- Digitized Signature: Used for identification
- Randomly assigned ISO #: Used for a variety of services offered with the CatCard
- Contactless SmartChip: Used for for physical access to some buildings on campus
- Magnetic Stripe (on back): Used for database connection to access services
What is an ISO number?
How can I put money on my Meal Plan or CatCash?
Does the University of Arizona encode personal data on the CatCard?
Your University ID# will not appear on the face of your CatCard, but will be encoded electronically on your card, unless you request otherwise. Your University ID#, if you elect to include it on the CatCard, is used for University of Arizona internal purposes, such as student and/or personnel services where access to your records is required. The number will not be provided to outside entities without the cardholder's prior consent.
Your decision to use this number as an electronic form of identification is voluntary, and you may request that your University ID# not be encoded on your card. The CatCard Office will then replace your University ID# on the CatCard database, the magnetic stripe, and the SmartChip with an ID# consistent with current CatCard policies.
Contactless SmartChip Contents:
Magnetic Stripe Contents:
-University ID# (or replacement #)
Does the CatCard Office keep the digitized photos and signatures on file?
Will the University of Arizona purge my digitized photo and signature from the database if I ask them to?
Yes, the University of Arizona will purge the signature and/or the photo if requested, however, many cardholders have expressed support for digitization simply because it allows the University of Arizona to validate appropriate account usage more quickly. It also allows instant card replacement, and serves as an additional identifier; something other than the EmplID/SID or ISO number. The University of Arizona will not release either photographs or signatures in the database.
If your photograph is removed from the CatCard database, you must be present in the CatCard Office with a valid PHOTO ID, and re-take your photo if it becomes necessary to replace your card.
If your signature is removed from the CatCard database, and it becomes necessary to replace your CatCard, you must be present in the CatCard Office to recreate the digitized signature. If your signature is not imprinted on your CatCard, it cannot be used to validate your signature campus wide; another form of ID may be required.
What should I do if my CatCard is lost or stolen?
To report a lost or stolen CatCard with a Meal Plan or CatCash balance, call 621-7043 (option 1) immediately. You should also call the Library Reference Desk at 621-6442 to have your library account frozen. In the event that someone returns your CatCard, the CatCard Office will notify you through your university email account. You will need to come by the CatCard Office to retrieve your card. Please be prepared to give us your university ID# for verification purposes.
The Meal Plan/CatCash Office and Residence Life offer temporary cards that will allow you to continue making meal plan purchases and provide access to your residence hall. Contact their respective offices for more information.