College ID Policy More Strictly Enforced in Dining Halls

College students typically associate falsifying their identification to get into a local bar or purchase alcohol.

At Manhattan College, borrowing a friend’s ID to get into the dining hall can seem just as commonplace.

Administrators are sending a clear message that sharing college IDs will not be tolerated.

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James O’Connor/The Quadrangle

Dean of Students Michael Carey, Psy.D, said that while no incidents have been reported to his office, this scenario has been long standing in the school’s Code of Conduct and Community Standards.

According to Section IV, Subsection C, “Manhattan College reserve the right to sanction students who…transfer their identification to another individual in an attempt to mislead…individuals that would inspect said identification (i.e. food services).”

The code also notes that having someone else’s ID, real or fake, is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by law.

Aaron Goodman, director of residence life at the college, reinforced this point. He cites Section K, Point 3 of the Code, which deals with “unauthorized entry or use of…access cards or pass codes to College facilities.”

Though he also hasn’t been referred to regarding meal policy, Goodman said that similarly when he deals with “students using the ID of another for residential access, [residence life] respond to the student using the ID through the judicial process.”

Kenneth Waldhof, director of business services, said that there have been no “contractual changes regarding that policy [with Gourmet Dining Services]” and that while Manhattan College’s contract with GDS has been long standing since 2011, the only changes made recently were done with regards to the construction of the Kelly Commons and the installation of food services there.

However, the rule has not been enforced until the end of last semester because, Waldhof said, “it was too much to send kids down to the ID office for a signed slip and back up again.”

Carey said that students without their ID are supposed to pay for entrance to Locke’s, but until the end of last semester, there had been too many students taking advantage of the policy. It was decided instead to just deny students entrance, to the benefit of their wallets.

He also said that should a student get charged, GDS would issue a notice regarding the unpaid balance. However, the dean wouldn’t look into it unless the student denied the charges.

Locke’s Loft employee Laureana Savinon confirmed this new course of action on Gourmet Dining’s part.

“Anyone without their ID would have to pay to eat, or go back and get their ID, or replace it,” she said.

However, the new commons has been affecting student life in more ways than one. Savinon has begun to notice a change in the atmosphere in student dining, particularly at Locke’s.

“It has changed a little bit. There’s more of a possibility that students, when they don’t have their ID, they just go down to the commons, instead of getting a new ID. Down there, you don’t need it, you can just eat,” she said.

Former Locke’s manager, Carl Dickerson, now head of the Starbucks at the Kelly Commons, said that while most traffic to the commons is from “commuters and engineers” he isn’t at Locke’s Loft enough to have noticed a different trend.

“It’s not the same here. I don’t get to see the variety of students I saw [at Locke’s]. It’s a little quieter here. Lockes had the consistent hustle and bustle,” Dickerson said.