Terms and Policies

Meal plans are governed by the housing contract. Students accepting a housing contract who select a meal plan accept full responsibility for all terms conditions, and costs associated with the plan.

Housing and Dining Agreements, Terms and Conditions are contained on the Housing and Real Estate Services website.

Term of Agreement

Meal plans provide meals for the academic year, fall and spring semester, and begin with breakfast on the Monday prior to the first day of classes and end with dinner on Friday of the final examination period for the second term. The agreement period does not include Freshman Orientation (except for first year students), Fall Recess, Winter Recess, Intersession, or Spring Recess. Special Agreements are available for these periods except for Winter Recess. All scheduled serving days are in accordance with the University academic calendar and are subject to change if the calendar should be revised.

Meal Agreements

Students accepting a housing contract who select a meal plan accept full responsibility for all terms, conditions, and costs associated with the plan. (See Participation Requirements)  Housing and Dining Agreements, Terms and Conditions are contained on the Housing and Real Estate Services website.

Charges and Non-Payment

Students with meal plans are required to pay the yearly meal rate (See meal plan prices). Housing and Dining Agreements, Terms and Conditions include details on University Regulations on Non-Payment.

Participation Requirements

Regardless of class year, all undergraduate students living in a residential college are required to purchase a meal plan. Freshmen and sophomores are assigned to one of six residential colleges and dine with other members in the residential college dining hall. Students also have the option of dining at the Center for Jewish Life, a certified kosher dining facility. Upperclass plans are available for students not living in a residential college. Regardless of whether or not an upperclassmen purchases a meal plan, they are given two extra meals per week to be used in a residential college dining hall.

Participation Exceptions

All undergraduate students living in the residential colleges are required to sign a dining contract for one of the specified meal plans unless excused by the dean of undergraduate students for medical reasons.

All individuals living in the Graduate College are required to sign a Campus Dining contract for one of the specified meal plans unless excused by the assistant/associate dean of the Graduate School.

Conditions of Participation

The following conditions apply.

  • Students are entitled to unlimited seconds at all meals.
  • It is the responsibility of all patrons to take only what they can reasonably eat.
  • Food selected by each student must be consumed in the dining hall with the exception of one piece of fruit per meal.
  • Campus Dining staff reserve the right to inspect packages, coats, bags, etc. brought into the service area.

Termination and Change Policies

Agreements are terminated upon a student's withdrawal from the University.

Only one meal plan change is allowed per student per semester, during the third full week of classes for the fall term and the first full week of classes for the spring term.

Changes or terminations after these time periods are authorized only upon written approval from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Approved changes must be made at the department of Housing and Real Estate Services, New South Building, 5th floor.

In all cases, the student changing his or her agreement must personally sign a Change of Status form when the meal plan is changed. No refunds are given for the days prior to cancellation. Students receive a prorated refund only for the period after cancellation.

New or upgraded meal plan contracts may be signed at any time after the designated change period online by entering the online Housing System located on the Housing and Real Estate Services website and selecting the Modify Your Meal Plan.

Meal Card Policy

Your TigerCard is your meal card and must be presented to the card checker and swiped to gain access to a dining hall. Your meal plan is encoded in your card and when swiped the meal is tallied toward your meal plan allowance.
                                                                 
TigerCards are not transferable and are for the exclusive use of the student to whom it is issued. Checkers are required to confiscate cards presented by persons other than those whose picture appears on the card. Names of violators are then sent to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. 

Responsibility for the safeguarding and proper use of the card is solely that of its owner. Avoid any inconvenience and expense to yourself by treating your card like cash or a credit card.  The only way of entering the dining hall for meals is with a valid TigerCard. Do not forget your card. No one is allowed in the dining hall without it.

  • Lost Cards: If you lose your card you must Replace your TigerCard following TigerCard Office instructions. If necessary you may obtain a temporary meal voucher from the dining hall manager. This voucher is valid for three days and must be presented at each meal. There is a nonrefundable charge of $2.50 for each voucher.
  • Other Ways to Use Your TigerCard in Campus Dining Operations: Your TigerCard also may be used for PawPoints or as a student charge for meals at  residential colleges and at all Campus Dining retail operations. The TigerCard Office provides the details.