Campus ID News
Card, mobile credential, payment and security
Zagcard 1

Gonzaga prints suicide prevention hotline on ID cards

Andrew Hudson   ||   Aug 30, 2019  ||   

The Washington state Legislature recently passed a new suicide prevention law that requires all public institutions in the state to provide a suicide hotline number on student ID cards. The ruling applies to this academic year, and Gonzaga University has already complied by printing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on the backs of its student ZAGCARDS.

According to a report from The Gonzaga Bulletin, Senate Bill 6514 is the piece of legislation calling for the change and is primarily concerned with suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education. As a private university and not a state-funded institution, Gonzaga is not actually required to comply with the new law. But the university and its officials have seen fit to support the measure nonetheless.

"Anytime a state institution is required to do something, private institutions take the time to think, ‘Is this a good idea?’ And if it’s a good idea, then we ought to be doing it," said Eric Baldwin, assistant vice president of student development and dean of student well-being and healthy living at Gonzaga.

Baldwin worked with Gonzaga student development, the Health and Counseling Center, Office of Health Promotion, and other campus leaders to alter the ZAGCARDS for all incoming freshman and transfer students.

ZAGCARDS now feature the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, 1-800-273-8255. "This number that we added is the one we talk about with our students already," Baldwin told The Gonzaga Bulletin. "It’s not a different resource — it's one that is answered 24 hours a day, and is very predictable and very highly rated."

In addition to printing the suicide prevention hotline on ID cards, the university continues to offer brick-and-mortar resources regarding suicide in the forms of its Health and Counseling Center, Center for Cura Personalis, and a REFER Form process used to identify students who may be at risk.

Returning students are not required to receive the altered ZAGCARDS, as Gonzaga is only applying the change to newly printed cards. Still, Gonzaga is working out ways to ensure the entire campus community has the hotline information handy. Early ideas, according to Baldwin, include distributing resource cards and running tent pop-ups on campus that can provide the information to returning students.

|| TAGS:
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter


Feb 03, 23 /

Brown campus mailroom adds visual queue

Brown University has added a new visual queue in its campus mailroom that displays the order in which students will be called to pick up their packages. The system is underpinned by the student ID card and a kiosk system in the mailroom.
Feb 02, 23 / ,

East Carolina adds robot delivery with Grubhub, Starship

East Carolina University has joined the growing list of institutions to deploy robot delivery, partnering with Grubhub and Starship Technologies to provide the service. All students, faculty and staff at East Carolina University are able to leverage robot delivery from main campus dining locations.

LEAF on campus: An open standard for access control and identity management

ELATEC's Sean Houchin discusses a solution for campuses seeking an open alternative to traditional access control platforms: LEAF. LEAF is an open, interoperable platform that allows credential holders to use their LEAF ID card, key fob or smartphone to unlock access to various campus applications through any LEAF-enabled reader.
CIDN logo reversed
The only publication dedicated to the use of campus cards, mobile credentials, identity and security technology in the education market. CampusIDNews – formerly CR80News – has served more than 6,500 subscribers for more than two decades.

Join us, @NACCUorg, and @TouchNet to explore how campus card programs can successfully navigate the sales and procurement process. Join the webinar on June 6, 2 pm EDT.

Webinar: Learn how the University of Arizona uses campus cards, mobile ordering, kiosks, lockers, and robots to revolutionize campus dining. April 7, 2-2:30 EDT. Register Now at

As supply chain issues in 2021 persist, identity solutions provider @ColorID discusses ways campuses can to overcome potentially troublesome delays until the situation eases.

A dining services push at the @UBuffalo is reinforcing the utility of self-service checkout. @CBORD is improving the food service experience using the GET app, as well as Nextep kiosks and Oracle’s Micros Simphony POS.

Did you miss our recent webinar? No worries - watch it on-demand. Leaders from @NAU and the @UAlberta joined Ryan Audus, Touchnet, and Andrew Hudson, @CR80News, to discuss innovative mobile services and the future of mobile tech in higher ed. Watch now:

Load More...
CampusIDNews is published by AVISIAN Publishing
315 E. Georgia St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301[email protected]
Use our contact form to submit tips, corrections, or questions to our team.
©2023 CampusIDNews. All rights reserved.