Student Dining Program - Student Affairs (Policy XIV-01)

Student Dining Program - Student Affairs (Policy XIV-01)

Abstract:
Student Affairs policy SA-XIV-01 describes the student dining program. Eligibility requirements and restrictions of use are listed in the document.
Effective Date:
4/19/2011
Contacts:
None Assigned
Administrative Category:
Applies To:
Students
Material Original Source:
Office of Student Affairs

UAB MEAL PLAN AND DECLINING BALANCE ACCOUNT POLICY

Updated April 19, 2011


2011-2012 Meal Plans & Rates

Plan

Number of Meals per Week (average)

Number of Meals per Semester

Cost per Semester

1

15

233

$1,722

2

12

186

$1,576

3

10

150

$963

4

7

108

$715

5

5

78

$543

6

3

47

$334

7

16

$135

Meal Plans


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) policy requires that students living on campus during fall and spring semesters purchase meal plans with the following options:

Freshmen may purchase either plan 1 or plan 2.

“Freshmen” are defined as first-year students who reside on campus and meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated high school within the last 4 academic years
  • Entered UAB with less than 12 credit hours taken at another university after high school graduation
  • Have not attended UAB during a previous academic year, excluding the summer term immediately preceding the academic year in question

Freshmen who move into on-campus housing mid-semester will be given the option of purchasing a smaller meal plan for the current semester only, based on the following scale:

  • 80 or less days left in the semester – Plan 4 (108 meal plan)
  • 50 or less days left in the semester – Plan 5 (78 meal plan)
  • 30 or less days left in the semester – Plan 6 (47 meal plan)

Non-freshmen living on campus may purchase one of plans 1 through 7.

Enrolled students not residing on campus may elect to purchase any one of the above meal plans during fall and spring semesters.

Campus Dining Fee

UAB policy requires that the following students be assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee during fall and spring semesters:

  • All enrolled students residing in on-campus housing
  • All undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus

Campus Dining Fee funds will be accessed through student CampusCard Dining Dollars accounts.


Meal Plan Selection/Assignment

Pre-registered students may make meal plan selections beginning June 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.


The deadline for purchasing meal plans is August 1 for fall semester and December 19 for spring semester. Students who are required to purchase a meal plan but do not select a plan by the deadline will be assigned the minimum required meal plan.


Meal Plan and Campus Dining Fee Charges and Payments


Meal plan and Campus Dining Fee charges for enrolled and pre-registered students will be posted to the student’s account a minimum of ten days prior to the first day of class.

Meal Plans

Meals associated with selected plans will be available for student use beginning move-in day for fall semester and the first day of class for spring semester.
 

Payments for meal plans may be made to the Student Accounting Office (HUC 322), or online through BlazerNET. Payment deadlines for meal plans are the same as published tuition payment deadlines.

Campus Dining Fee


Campus Dining Fee funds will be available for student use beginning move-in day for fall semester and the first day of class for spring semester.


Campus Dining fee payments may be made to the Student Accounting Office (HUC 322), or online through BlazerNET. Payment deadlines for the Campus Dining Fee are the same as published tuition payment deadlines.


Campus Dining Locations


Dining Dollars and BlazerBucks may be used in all Sodexo-managed campus dining facilities. These include the Commons on the Green, the Diner, Blazer Cafe and Jazzman’s/Freshens in the Hill University Center, Starbucks in Sterne Library, Einstein Bros Bagels in the Learning Resource Center, the Grab-and-Go kiosk in the Business/Engineering atrium and the Campus Recreation Center Juice Bar. Meal plans may be used only in the Commons on the Green, the Diner and Blazer Café.
 

The Commons will provide all-you-care-to-eat service during dinner hours Monday through Friday and for Saturday and Sunday brunch and dinner. A la carte prices will also be available during weekday breakfasts and lunches.


CampusCard Account Roll Over Options
 

Meals

At the conclusion of fall semester, 50% of unused meals will roll over into the spring semester and be added to student meal plan accounts. At the conclusion of spring semester, any unused meals and implied dollar value remaining from that academic year will expire.

Dining Dollars

Funds in student Dining Dollars accounts will roll over through all three terms included in one academic year (i.e. fall to spring to summer). After the last class day of summer semester, 25% of any remaining balance in student Dining Dollars accounts will be converted to BlazerBucks.
 
 

BlazerBucks

BlazerBucks balances roll over continuously from year to year - see refund information below.


Meal Plan Transfers


Meal plans are non- transferable.

BlazerBucks


BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used anywhere the UAB CampusCard is accepted (e.g. Barnes & Noble @ UAB, participating off-campus bookstores, etc). Cardholders may deposit funds into BlazerBucks accounts at any time in the CampusCard Office via credit/debit card or check, online at
www.uab.edu/campuscard via credit/debit card, or through a BlazerBucks Value Transfer Station, located in the Hill University Center main lobby and Sterne and Lister Hill Libraries by the circulation desks, via credit/debit card or cash. Cash withdrawals from a cardholder’s CampusCard debit account(s) are not permitted. Transfers of funds between CampusCard debit accounts are prohibited.


Mandatory Dining Exemption


Meal Plans: Disability or Medical Condition

Campus resident students with dietary restrictions due to a disability or medical condition may apply for exemption from mandatory meal plan participation. In order to qualify for an exemption, students must apply through UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) no later than the last day to add a class. After that point, mandatory meal plan charges will not be removed from the student account unless the student is approved for withdrawal from the University by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management.


Campus residents who are approved for meal plan exemption will still be subject to the mandatory Campus Dining Fee
. Students must re-apply for exemption prior to the beginning of each subsequent academic year.

Meal Plans: Religious Practices
Campus resident students with dietary restrictions based on religious practices may apply for exemption from mandatory meal plan participation. In order to qualify for an exemption, students must apply to UAB Campus Restaurants no later than the last day to add a class. After that point, mandatory meal plan charges will not be removed from the student account unless the student is approved for withdrawal from the University by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management.

If the General Manager determines that Campus Dining is unable to meet the student’s dietary needs, the student’s request will be submitted to a representative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement for approval for exemption from meal plan participation. The decision of the Campus Restaurants General Manager and representative of the Vice Provost is final.

Campus residents who are approved for meal plan exemption will still be subject to the mandatory Campus Dining Fee. Students must re-apply prior to the beginning of each subsequent academic year.

Refunds/Cancellations


Meal Plans

Refunds of any unused meal plan balances will be available until the last day to add a class if a student 1) selected a non-mandatory meal plan, 2) no longer meets mandatory meal plan requirements, or 3) withdraws from the University.

After the last day to add a class, refunds of unused meal plan balances will be allowed only for students who are approved for withdrawal by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management (e.g. military leave, medical withdrawal, etc.) Refunds based on approval by the Office of Enrollment Management must be requested within one year of the student’s withdrawal from the University; after that time, unused meal plan balances become non-refundable.

The University reserves the right to cancel meal plans for students who violate any academic or non-academic policies that result in disciplinary actions. Unused meals resulting from the cancellation of a meal plan by the University will not be refunded.

Dining Dollars

Refunds of any unused Dining Dollars balance from the current semester will be available until the last day to add a class if a student 1) no longer meets mandatory Dining Fee requirements, or 2) withdraws from the University.

After the last day to add a class, refunds of unused Dining Dollar balances from that semester will be allowed only for students who are approved for withdrawal by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management (e.g. military leave, medical withdrawal, etc.) Refunds based on approval by the Office of Enrollment Management must be requested within one year of the student’s withdrawal from the University; after that time, unused Dining Dollars balances become non-refundable.

The University reserves the right to cancel Dining Dollars accounts for students who violate any academic or non-academic policies that result in disciplinary actions. Unused funds resulting from the cancellation of a Dining Dollars account by the University will not be refunded.

BlazerBucks

Refund requests for unused BlazerBucks funds are accepted only after the cardholder leaves the University. Balances less than $25 are nonrefundable and will be retained by the University. There is no maximum refund of BlazerBucks. Refund requests must be made within twelve months of the cardholder’s withdrawal from the University.

Refunds are processed only by request of the cardholder. Cardholders may request refunds by submitting a CampusCard Debit Account Refund Form online at www.uab.edu/campuscard.

Transfers to Student Accounts


If a refund request is approved and there is an outstanding balance on the cardholder’s student account, the refund may be transferred to Student Accounting to be credited against the outstanding balance.
 

If a refund request is approved and the student account is paid in full, a refund check for any remaining reimbursable funds will be forwarded to the address provided by the cardholder on the refund request form.
 

Refund credits are not effective until approved by the University. If cardholders do not have a student account, the refund check will be forwarded to the address provided by the cardholder. No cash refunds will be authorized.

Inactive Accounts


Balances will be forfeited for cardholder debit accounts that remain inactive for a twelve-month consecutive period with no refund request received by the CampusCard Office.