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Requirement

Residents of Founders and Blattner Hall are required to participate in the baseline meal plan assigned to the unit type as outlined in this policy. This requirement ensures that resident students are provided with healthy and nutritious meal options. Additionally, in the first and second-year community in Founders Hall, there are no kitchen facilities (with the exception of limited private studios and shared suites on the 5th Floor). These students are therefore unable to effectively prepare their own meals.

Students will be automatically enrolled in the baseline requirement dependent upon the building and unit type for which they are assigned (see chart below). Students may upgrade their baseline meal plan requirement after receiving their assignment. No reductions below the baseline requirement are permitted without a medical exemption.

Balances at the end of the Fall semester may be used during the Spring semester. Dining balances are non-transferable beyond the end of Spring semester or between students and have no cash value at the completion of the academic year, or post Graduation date.

Upgrade to required meal plans:

Students may opt in for a higher level meal plan than required between July 10 and August 15 for the Fall Term, and between December 1 and December 15 for the Spring term.

To purchase an upgrade to your meal plan, please follow these instructions.

Cancellation of Upgrades:

Students who have opted for a higher level meal plan (above the baseline) may cancel the upgraded meal plan amount only by August 15 for the fall semester, and December 15 for the spring semester to receive a refund of the upgrade amount. After that date, they will be charged the full amount for both the required baseline plan and the upgraded amount if an additional selection was submitted before the deadline. Meal plan upgrades cannot be prorated.

Baseline

Building

Room Type

Required Meal Plan

FOUNDERS

Double Studio (floors 1-4)

Essential

Double Room in 2 Bedroom Suite (floors 1-4)

Essential

Private Room in 2 Bedroom Suite (floors 1-4)

Essential

Private Room in 4 Bedroom Suite (floors 1-4)

Essential

Small Private Studio (floors 1-4)

Essential

Private Room in 3 Bedroom Suite w/ Kitchenette (floor 5)

Makers

Private Studio w/ Kitchenette (floor 5)

Makers

Small Private Studio w/ Kitchenette (floor 5)

Makers

BLATTNER HALL

All Units

Makers

Commuter Students/ Optional Meal Plans

Students residing off campus are encouraged to purchase a meal plan as a cost savings to their overall food budget.You may purchase any meal plan listed above. Please follow the instructions listed here.

Optional meal plan cancelation policy (only applicable for residents off campus).

Students not required to have a meal plan, who have opted to purchase a meal plan, may cancel the request by August 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester only. After that date, they will be charged the full amount for the plan as they initially selected. Optional meal plans cannot be prorated.

There are no meal plan refunds beyond the dates listed above.

Balances at the end of the Fall semester may be used during the Spring semester. Dining balances are non-transferable beyond the end of Spring semester or between students and have no cash value at the completion of the academic year, or post Graduation date.


Medical Exemption from Requirement

The meal plan medical exemption process is now live in Workday. Please follow the instructions below.

Students who have a medically diagnosed dietary condition (e.g. severe food allergies, Celiac disease, etc.) from a qualified medical professional, may submit the online meal plan medical exemption request via Workday. Exemptions are valid only for the current academic year, and students must re-submit a request every fall semester (with the exception of new spring semester requests). Every effort will be made to meet the student’s dietary needs before an exemption is considered. Please reference the Meal Plan FAQs for more information on Bon Appetit’s ability to meet dietary restrictions and moderate food allergies. Medical exemption requests must be completed and submitted in Workday by the following dates.

Term

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Submission Deadline*

June 15

December 1

*Exemption requests that are submitted after the posted deadline will not be considered.

*Only applicable for residents of Founders and Blattner Hall who are required to participate in the baseline meal plan

Exemption Documentation (Required)

Required Documentation

The exemption request requires the following;

  1. Documentation from the student’s qualified medical professional detailing the reason(s) why the meal plan fails to meet the student’s dietary requirements.
  2. Detailed information about how the student is meeting their dietary needs while off the meal plan, including how the student plans to prepare meals in the residence halls.
  3. A suggested menu for the student that includes foods the student should avoid eating.

Other Important Information:

  • College Counseling Services will not provide documentation to substantiate an exemption request.
  • Medical documentation citing “vegetarianism/veganism” as the reason for exemption will not be considered as these are not medical conditions. The College’s food service provider provides options for students who prefer vegan and vegetarian menus, and works to accommodate other special dietary needs upon reasonable advance notice.
  • An exemption request stating “financial burden” will not be considered.

Medical Exemption Process: Step by Step

Step 1: Login to Workday using your CCA username and password

Step 2: Type in and select "create request" in the search field

Step 3: Type in "medical meal plan"

Step 4: Select Medical Meal Plan Exemption

Step 5: Follow the remaining prompts to complete and submit your request.

Please note: if your exemption request is denied you will be auto-enrolled in the required meal plan based on your residency requirement and housing assignment, and charged accordingly.