All academic and status staff employees were issued their last paper ID cards last summer. Coming this spring and summer to pockets and purses campuswide will be the new campus ID cards, featuring a photo and machine-readable magnetic strip. The new electronic cards allow employees to charge purchases at the Illini Union Bookstore and Food Service, and, because of the photo, the ID can be used as a single piece of identification when cashing a check on campus, according to Susan Yung Maul, interim director of the Assembly Hall and chair of the Campus ID Card Committee. Notification cards with instructions on obtaining the new electronic cards have begun being issued. Individuals with academic appointments will be notified through April, and individuals with staff appointments will be notified beginning in April through the summer. The process of issuing the new ID cards will be completed by mid-August, Maul said. The classifications on the university payroll that will require the new cards: * Full-time faculty, academic and staff members. * Cooperative Extension staff members. * Academic part-time. * Academic hourly. * Staff part-time. * Visiting professors. These employees must go to the ID Center, located on the second floor of the new Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., (entrance at the corner of Wright and Daniel streets) to receive the new cards after they have received a notification card. Employees who cannot make the time slot specified on their notification card can go to the ID Center between 4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, any day after their appointment date, Maul said. If a faculty or staff member already has been issued a new electronic ID Card or does not plan to be on staff starting Aug. 21, he or she should ignore the notification card, she said. Because the ID can be used as a credit card to make purchases at the bookstore, lost IDs should be reported to the ID Center immediately, Maul said. Until a report is made, the holder may be liable - up to $50 - for unauthorized use of the card. Replacement ID cards cost $20. Paper ID cards will continue to be issued to graduate students with assistantships and/or appointments, indicating their appointment status, and extra-help employees. Undergraduates have been issued electronic cards, allowing them computer-verified status to university services and facilities since the spring of 1993. Any questions should be addressed to the ID Center at 244-0135.