Student Handbook

House System

Identification Cards

Identification cards (known as Smith College OneCards) are created using photos provided by entering Smith students. The OneCard IDs are then issued during central check-in, which is part of fall orientation. In addition to serving as campus identification, the OneCard provides the following functions; library card, dining services card (including access to Dining Dollars), exterior door access to all houses, room access to Cutter/Ziskind, Olin Fitness Center, and other buidings where equipped, and purchases via Campus Cash.

Lost Cards: If a card is lost or stolen, a temporary card can be obtained at the OneCard Office. If it is after-hours, students can contact Campus Safety to arrange to get a Temporary OneCard or they can suspend their OneCard online at and get a Temporary OneCard when the OneCard office reopens. Once a temporary card is issued or the card is suspended, the user's OneCard will no longer work. Temporary cards work almost everywhere you use your OneCard. This includes meals, door access, the Campus Center Café, laundry, etc. However, because there is no barcode on the card, it cannot be used at the library. Any balances the cardholder has in either Campus Cash or Dining Dollars are available through the temporary card.

A temporary card is valid for one week. It is the responsibility of the cardholder to come to the OneCard Office to either have a new OneCard printed or, if found, their old OneCard re-activated, prior to the expiration of the temporary card. There is a $20 charge to have a replacement card printed, but there is no charge to re-activate a found card. A $10 charge applies if the temporary card is not returned.

For information on how to suspend a lost card other than by getting a temporary card go to

Dining Dollars: Students who are the board plan will have their OneCard credited with $25 in non-refundable Dining Dollars ($12.50 for students entering in January). This credit is intended as an option to house meals and may only be used at the Campus Center Café.

Campus Cash: Parents and students may also deposit funds in a separate Campus Cash account. Campus Cash is an optional debit account that can be used for purchases on and off campus. On Campus locations that accept Campus Cash include; the Bookstore, the Computer Store, laundry machines in houses, soda and copy machines on-campus, print stations in the libraries and computer labs, Campus Center Café. For a listing of off-campus locations that accept Campus Cash go to

All Campus Cash accounts are stored-value debit accounts and must maintain deposits sufficient to cover the cost of purchases. Deposits to Campus Cash can be made via credit card at our website, by cash at the Value Transfer Stations located in the Campus Center, Neilson library, or by cash or check at the OneCard Office.

Once deposited money can not withdrawn from Campus Cash, however any unused balances remain in the account and will roll forward from year to year as long as the cardholder remains a student. Upon graduation, withdrawal or dismissal from the College any unspent funds are transferred to the cardholder's college account. By using Campus Cash the cardholder agrees to be bound by all account terms and conditions set forth in the Smith OneCard Terms & Conditions. The complete OneCard Terms and Conditions are available at or at the OneCard Office.

The card, related accounts, and access privileges are non-transferable. The individual identified by the card (i.e. Cardholder) is responsible for all usage on their card and is the only one authorized to present the card for services, access, or purchases. A student using a card that does not belong to them may have that card confiscated and be referred for disciplinary action. The card remains the property of Smith College. The college reserves the right to disclose OneCard records to law enforcement officials, college conduct boards, and college officials. The OneCard Office is responsible for the issuance of all OneCards and the maintenance of all OneCard readers. If a card does not function properly at any location, the card owner should seek assistance at the OneCard Office.

The OneCard office is on the second floor of Stoddard Hall room 203. For our Drop-in hours or other information please contact the OneCard office at ext. 3082 or More information on the OneCard can be found at