Campus ID News
Card, mobile credential, payment and security
slider PlanBvend 1

UCSD approves campus card for purchasing morning-after pill from vending machine

Andrew Hudson   ||   Feb 15, 2018  ||   

Students at UC San Diego will soon be able use their campus cards and TritonCash to pay for the morning-after pill, along with a number of other health-related items, from a campus "Wellness Vending Machine."

As reported by The Triton, UCSD's University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) has approved the new vending machine for sale of generic Plan B pills via the vending machine. The move makes UC San Diego the third UC campus to sell the morning-after pill via vending machine, following UC Davis last March and UC Santa Barbara in 2015.

The new Wellness Vending Machine will sell a range of other health products including Advil, pregnancy tests and condoms. Students can access the vending machine 24/7 and need to present their student ID card, as the vending machine will only accept TritonCash.

The approval of Plan B as an included vending machine item follows a recently rejected student council proposal to sell the pills in the existing "Essentials Vending Machine" located in the university's Geisel Library. Following rejection by the library director, UCAB along with leaders of the Plan B initiative, campus administrators and Student Wellness department agreed on a second, separate vending machine to be located in UCSD's student union building.

“UCAB felt that many students need Plan B and other wellness products but have a difficult time obtaining them,” said Ashley Awe, Chair of UCAB, in a Triton interview. “By housing this vending machine, UCAB hopes to help bridge this gap for students.”

UCSD's student council is also working with Student Health Services to determine which products are purchased the most and what other items might be needed. Prioritized items for now are condoms, Plan B and pregnancy tests, but suggestions from students for additional items are welcomed.

UCSD is the latest campus to join a seemingly growing trend in selling Plan B pills in campus vending machines. Other instances include Shippensburg University as far back as 2010, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and Pomona College.

“This machine is meant to bridge the gap between what is easily accessible on campus and off,” said Caroline Siegel-Singh, student council senator, in an interview with the Triton. “I really hope that this machine can help make comprehensive reproductive healthcare products accessible to all students who need them as well as promote the idea that academic success is tied to personal wellness."

The Wellness Vending Machine is expected to reach completion of both funding and installation by the spring of 2018.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter


Jun 09, 23 / ,

UCLA plans mobile ordering expansion

UCLA has announced plans to expand its use of mobile ordering on campus to include all takeout dining locations on the Los Angeles campus this coming fall. UCLA utilizes Transact Mobile Ordering, and has made the decision to expand the service following a successful trial period at UCLA's Bruin Café and Epicuria locations.
Jun 08, 23 / ,

NACCU Blog: 9 keys to managing an on-site team remotely

Employees and positions traditionally tethered to an office are now increasingly hybrid or entirely remote. A recent entry to NACCU's Positive IDentity Blog, Director of Campus Card Services at The New School, Bankim Patel, discusses some of the important considerations for remotely managing an on-site team.

Student card data at Alberta helps piece together campus life puzzle

Jennifer McNeill, manager of the ONEcard program at the University of Alberta, explains how card system data can potentially lead to a safer, more welcoming student experience. She describes how data collected from campus card transactions can be used to improve operations like dining, residence life, fitness and other vital campus tasks.
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

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.