State Gym cracks down on ID sharing by students

State Gym recently began requiring students to scan their ID cards to enter, but it now has a problem with people using cards other than their own. Gym staff are beginning to crack down on illicit entries.

Thaddeus Mast

If you are guilty of using someone else’s ISU ID card to get into State Gym and did not get caught, you’re lucky. It will not likely happen again, as more and more students are finding out.

The Student Code of Conduct rule number 4.2.19 rule A states that “providing inaccurate identifying information to authorized officials with reason to request such information” is subject to disciplinary action. Giving your ID to someone else to use is violating this rule.

Mike Giles, director of Recreation Services, explains how the policy works.

“This policy is based off of [the] Student Conduct Code. Your fee that allows you to enter State Gym is not transferable to others,” Giles said.

This means it is not acceptable, ever, to give your ID to someone else to use. This includes admittance into sporting events, getting food or getting access to gyms.

“For a first violation, you come in and meet with us and get your ID back, no charge,” Giles said. “If an ID is used too inappropriately, it could go to the dean of students.”

If an ID does end up at the Dean of Students Office, you will most likely have to pay a $25 fee to get it back, as well as a $6 visitor’s pass into the gym you attempted to enter.

The faculty is aware that the card may have been gained under false pretenses. If that is the case, any fault will be waived when you go to retrieve your ID.

This problem appeared to have become more of a concern after State Gym opened.

“We began to notice that people were swiping their ID and would then set it down,” Giles said. “Another student would then pick it up and swipe it again.”

To combat this, the faculty has started to check IDs by hand. Although more time consuming, it ensures that a student is using their ID and not someone else’s. This will continue on and off for the time being.

“It’ll calm down,” Giles said. “We’ll continue to evaluate the situation. We’re still getting a good heavy stream of people.”

If an ID is taken, do not blame the student faculty. “They’re held to enforce the policies we place,” Giles said.

Justin Block, sophomore in construction engineering, shares his opinions on how the policy works. 

“It should be that you get a warning and they put your name in a system. If you get caught again, it should be a fine,” Block said.

William Rucker, sophomore in pre-business, holds a slightly different view. “When you go and get your ID back after they take it, you should have to pay for a visitor’s pass,” he said.

Giles wants students to know that they will be held accountable for any ID sharing.

“It is necessary for the students to realize that they should use their ID and not pass it on to others,” Giles said.