Fringe Benefits

ID Cards (Pirate Card)

Employees and their dependents should obtain a Southwestern University Pirate Card through the Info Desk in the Smith Library Center. This picture ID is needed for access to University facilities and buildings.  The Pirate card also serves as an identification card, copy card, and library card.

The Southwestern University Pirate Card is also a convenient, cashless way to pay on campus.  As a prepaid, stored-value account, card-holders may use it for whatever they need, whenever they need it.

The Pirate Card includes a declining balance (debit account) feature called Pirate Buc$.  As a form of payment Pirate Buc$ will allow card-holders to pay for meals, goods and services and much, much more.  It’s the way to pay for almost everything card-holders need on campus.  The cardholders’ Pirate Buc$ account may be activated by depositing funds into the account via the Website, Business Office or an automated card management machines (located in the McCombs Center and the Library).  Pirate Buc$ can be used at any location on campus which accepts the Pirate Card, including the Commons, Cove, Korouva Milk Bar, Library coffee shop, Bookstore, vending, laundry, photocopiers, and payment of library fines.  Many local restaurants also accept the Pirate Card.  Please see the Pirate Card Website at for more information.