Panther Cards

  • What is the Panther Card?
    The Panther Card system is a single University issued card that controls three major areas.


    • Official University picture identification card


    • Cafeteria: Using one of the meal plans or Panther Bucks
    • The Paw: Using Panther bucks
    • Bookstore: Using Panther Bucks
    • Library: Making copies using Panther Bucks

    Access Control

    • Door Access: Access to dorm buildings
      Attendance: Attendance at required assemblies
  • What are Panther Bucks?
    Panther Bucks are the same thing as cash. They can be used for any financial purchases anywhere on campus. Examples include, purchasing a meal in the cafeteria for you or a friend, food in The Paw, copies in the library, and purchases in the university bookstore.
  • How do I use it in the Cafeteria?
    When you enter the cafeteria, your Panther Card will be swiped in a card reader. The reader will indicate whether you have enough points on your meal plan and deduct one point for the meal. If there is not enough points, you will have the opportunity to use Panther Bucks to purchase a meal. You will only be able to charge one meal plan point per meal. Meals which are not used are lost and will not be allowed to accumulate. Meals can not be transferred and the card bearer must be the card owner.
  • How do I use it in the Bookstore?
    The card can be used in the Bookstore to make any purchase using available Panther Bucks or Bookstore Coupons. In order to use Bookstore Coupons, please complete a request to transfer money to this account using myClaflin. After providing your username and PIN, click the student tab. On the left hand side bar, please click on 'Business Office'. You will find the ability to transfer funds on this page.
  • How do I put money on it?
    To place money on the card, go to the cashier’s office on the first floor of Tingley Hall during regular business hours. When you are trying to decide how much to place in Panther Bucks, remember that once the money is placed on the card, it can not be converted back to cash until you withdraw from school or the end of the school year.
  • Can I make copies in the Library?
    The library copier on the main library floor has been equipped with a card reader. Panther Bucks are the only tender which can be used with this card reader. The machine is also equipped with a coin machine to accept coins as well as the card.
  • Can I use the Cafeteria Meal Plan in The Paw?
    This is currently being requested but has not received approval at this time. The Paw will only accept cash or Panther Bucks. Cafeteria points can not be used in The Paw at this time.
  • Can I make purchases at the one of the vending machines?
    Unfortunately, not at this time. However, each machine on campus is capable of making purchases with either a debit or credit card in addition to cash!
  • What about printing? Will the card be to control printing?
    Printing control is currently be evaluated at this time, however we currently do not use the card for this. Students living in the Residence Halls must provide their own paper in order to print. The University will provide the printer and toner.
  • How do I use it for Residential Building access?
    Each building is outfitted with a proximity reader at each door. The card is a proximity card and getting the card within 4 inches of the proximity reader will grant or deny access to the residential building. The only residential building you will be given access to is the one you live in and the Commons Area and the pedestrian gate of Claflin Commons. If you do not live in a residential building, you will be denied access. The front doors readers will be the only doors which will work after 10pm. All other doors will not work via the card reader.
  • How does the attendance at required assemblies work?
    When you attend required assemblies, simply touch or wave your Panther Card in front of the readers at the door. A green light will indicate a successful read and you are marked as attended. A red light and a beep will indicate that the read was not successful. In this case, please notify the person in charge of the assembly of the problem. Make sure you are counted as attended. You may be required to scan again when the assembly is over.
  • Can I use the card off campus?
    Unfortunately, no, your Panther Card can only be used on campus and not off campus. The card does not have any capabilities to support purchases off campus.
  • What are the recommended amounts to placed on the card?
    Different times of the year will change the amounts to place on the card. More money will need to be place in Panther Bucks to make purchases for books and supplies in the Bookstore. After this period, keep only enough money on the card to cover weekend purchases, occasional meals at The Paw, copies at the Library and supply purchases at the Bookstore.
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