Meal Plan Terms and Policies
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 calender should be revised.
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.
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
All undergraduate students living in the residential colleges are required to sign a Dining Services 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 Dining Services 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.
- Dining Service staff reserves the right to inspect packages, coats, bags, etc. brought into the service area.
Termination and Change Policies
The following policies apply.
- 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.
Late Meals or Late Show
Princeton Dining Services recognizes that students may be unable to dine during regular dining hall hours. Therefore, students with meal plans are entitled to use their plan to purchase late lunches Monday- Friday and late dinner, Monday through Thursday at the Food Gallery at Frist. One meal swipe is credited for all late meal purchases. The following regulations apply.
- Late lunches credited to your meal plan may be purchased from 2 until 3:30 p.m.
- Late dinners credited to your meal plan may be purchased from 8:30 -10 p.m.
- The cash credit allowance is $5.95 for lunch and $6.95 for dinner.
- Late lunch specials are available on the late lunch menu.
- Late dinner specials are available on the late dinner menu.
- Dining Services will limit participants to the purchase of 2 prepackaged items during the late meal.
- Dining Services reserves the right to restrict other menu items for takeout during this period.
- Misuse of the late meal program will result in a guest meal charge to the student's account.
- Bonus and guest meals are not allowed during the late meal
Students with meal plans automatically have 10 meals credited to their plan for guests each semester. This entitles meal plan contract holders to bring a guest to a residential dining hall 10 times each semester at no additional charge. Once 10 guest meals have been tallied, students will be charged the guest meal rate. This rate and payment method also applies to students, faculty and staff, without a plan who choose to eat on occasion in a residential dining hall. Guest meals may not be used for the Visiting Chefs Program.
Visiting Chef Meals
All contract holders are eligible for this meal one time during the week the visiting chef meal is served in each dining hall. Juniors and seniors may not use the two extra meal program. Guest meals and meal exchange may not be used for the Visiting Chefs Program.
Lunch to Go
The Department of Campus Dining provides the option of a bag lunch to students with meal plans when eating in either a residential dining hall or at Late Lunch at the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center is not convenient.
The Lunch to Go Program, formerly known as the Bag Lunch Program, is available Monday through Friday beginning with lunch on the first day of classes in the Fall semester and allows students the option of ordering and picking up a bag lunch at residential dining halls and select retail locations.
The following process applies.
- Students complete the on-line form selection from the menu choices provided. The form may be submitted up to 7 days in advance and no later than 5 a.m. of the day for which the lunch is requested.
- Specify a pick-up location on the form. Pick up locations include residential colleges open for breakfast, Chancellor Green Café, the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center, the Chemistry CaFe, and the EQuad Café.
- Lunches will be available for pick-up at the specified location during the following times:
Residential Dining Halls: 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Chancellor Green Café, Frist Campus Center, Chemistry CaFe, and the EQuad Café: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m
- On those days in which a bag lunch is requested, students will be charged a lunch meal if they use their meal plan for lunch in either a residential college or Late Lunch at the Food Gallery at Frist Campus Center. A meal swipe is not required in order to pick up your lunch to go in a residential dining hall.
- The Two Extra Meal Program and the Two Meal Conversion Plan cannot be used for Lunch to Go.
- Lunch to Go is not available during recess periods, reading periods, or exams.
Meal Exchange Program
The Meal Exchange Program makes it possible for students with meal plans to dine with their friends at eating clubs without the expenditure of additional funds. The meal exchange program is administered jointly by the Inter-Club Council and the Department of Dining Services.
The program will begin on the Monday, three weeks prior to fall break, except during any recess period when contract meals are not served, and will end the Friday before House Parties weekend. All Department of Dining Services dining facilities participate in the program; the Center for Jewish Life, Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller, Wilson, Whitman and the Graduate College. (The 2 Dickinson Street and Brown co-ops are excluded from this program.) Participating clubs are identified prior to the implementation of the meal exchange program. The following regulations apply.
- Meal exchanges are limited to Sunday dinner through Friday lunch. Other limitations may be imposed by the individual dining facilities.
- The program accommodates one-for-one exchanges within a given month. (A dinner must be exchanged for a dinner, a lunch for a lunch, and a breakfast for a breakfast.) A charge is made to the host student if the exchange is not complete.
- The program can be used only for meals covered by the board contracts of both the guest student and the host student.
- Students wishing to participate must fill out a card at the checker’s desk in the dining facility or the club for the first meals and turn in the second half of the card when the exchange is completed.
- Misuse of the meal exchange program results in a guest meal charge to the student’s account for the corresponding meal.
Sophomore Club Meal Participation
The Sophomore Club Meal Participation Program enables sophomore eating club members to take occasional meals at their club during part of the spring term of their sophomore year. The program begins the third Monday after intersession in February, and concludes the Wednesday prior to House Parties weekend—except during recess periods when contract meals are not served. The following procedures apply.
- Participating clubs provide Dining Services with a list of the names and netIDs of the new club members and any limitations the clubs have concerning participation in the program. Each club is responsible for submitting to the Inter-Club Council president the names and limitations.
- Individual students participate in the program by signing up for meals weekly online. A student may sign up for no more than two meals per week. The weekly sign-up period begins at noon on Friday and ends the following Friday at 6 a.m. for the meal period commencing the following Monday at breakfast and running through Sunday at dinner. Students may add to or change their designated meals during the weekly sign-up period as long as they do not exceed two meals per week .
- The online sign up form is posted in an announcement on the Dining Services homepage in early February.
The Sophomore Club Meal Participation program is reviewed on an annual basis and may be changed at any time during the course of the academic year.
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.
- Care of Your Card
Magnets placed near the card are easily capable of destroying the information contained therein. Students are advised not to place their cards on magnetic boards or on a TV set. Also, students should remember to keep their cards away from bulk tape erasers and radio transmitters. Many cards reported lost have actually been left on trays in the dining halls. To avoid inconvenience, students are asked to remove their cards from the tray when sitting down at a table. Students who forget their card should see the dining hall manager.
- Other Ways to Use Your TigerCard in Dining Services Operations
Your TigerCard also may be used for Paw Points or as a student charge for meals at residential colleges and at all Dining Services retail operations. The TigerCard Office provides the details.
The following policy and procedure applies to student groups wishing to use a meal plan for a cookout.
- Student requests for a cookout must be made to the master’s office of each residential college.
- A minimum participation of 20 students is needed.
- All cookouts are for the dinner evening meal only.
- Upon approval by the master’s office, a list of student names and their Princeton netID must be submitted by the group to the residential college dining services chef manager or manager. The list should also include the date of the cookout and time and name(s) of person(s) picking up the food.
- Requests must be made to the residential college dining services manager one week prior to the event.
- All food and paper supplies are available at the contract holders’ dining unit.
- Charcoal and grills must be ordered through Building Services.
- Dining Services reserves the right to limit cookouts in April and May.