General Terms and Conditions for Faculty and Staff Flex Dollars



All current University of California, Berkeley faculty and staff with a valid Cal 1 Card are eligible to purchase flex dollars. An employee who is also a registered student of the University may only purchase an Off-Campus or Graduate/Extension plan.

Period of Contract

Faculty and Staff flex dollars, as well as any purchased add-on flex dollars,  will remain on the faculty/staff user’s account as long as the participant is an employee of the University of California, Berkeley. All flex dollars and add-on flex dollars must be used by the last day of employment or funds will be forfeited.

Refunds, Transfers, Cancellations

There are no refunds or transfers on the Faculty and Staff flex dollars.

Payment Method

VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

Dining Facilities

Flex dollars may be used to pay for guest meals in the dining commons. Flex dollars may also be are used at the following Cal Dining locations:

  • Dining Commons: Café 3, Clark Kerr, Crossroads, and Foothill
  • Convenience Stores: Bear Market, CKCub, The Den, and Cub Market
  • Campus Restaurants: Brown's, Common Grounds, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Café, and The Pro Shop at RSF
  • Concession Stands: California Memorial Stadium, Edwards Track, Evans Diamond, Haas Pavilion, Levine-Fricke Field, and Witter Rugby Field
  • Late Night à la carte service

Holiday and Campus Closure Periods

Cal Dining locations close for holiday and planned and emergency campus closure periods; please review all important scheduled dates relating to service. Please note in the case of an emergency campus closure, advance notice may not be provided.

Cal 1 Card

Cal Dining uses the Cal 1 Card to manage flex dollars utilization. The Cal 1 Card is encoded for the appropriate flex dollars specified on the Cal 1 Card holder’s account. Faculty and staff must show a valid Cal 1 Card at every meal as meal plan access is by Cal 1 Card swipe only. Cal 1 Cards and privileges are non-transferable. In the absence of the Cal 1 Card, meals may be purchased with cash, credit, or debit at the general public price.

The Cal 1 Card is valuable and should be protected accordingly. You are solely responsible for immediately reporting/deactivating a lost or stolen Cal 1 Card. The most effective way to do so is online by logging onto your account ( If you do not have access to the internet when your card is lost or stolen, reports can be made in person at the Cal 1 Card Office or by calling 1.866.2UCBCARD. Once the card is reported missing, you assume no further liability for unauthorized use. A $35 non-refundable replacement fee will be assessed and can be paid online via credit card or at the 2610 Channing Way Cashiers Office on the 2nd floor. If your card was stolen and you filed a police report for that incident, the replacement fee will be waived with by presenting the corresponding police report when requesting the replacement card. Replacement cards are only issued to faculty and staff with a current employee or affiliate status in the campus HR system.

Special Diets

Cal Dining makes every effort to identify ingredients that may trigger more well known allergic or other adverse reactions for individuals with food allergies or intolerance. Our staff is trained and educated on food allergies and gluten-free diets on an ongoing basis and they ensure that items marked gluten friendly are made without gluten-containing ingredients. However, due to the volume of meals served and items used each day along with food product changes from our vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen or gluten source in the food served will be identified and labeled. There is a small possibility that, without notice to us, manufacturers of the commercial foods we use can change the formulation at any time. Cross-contact may also occur despite our best efforts to prevent it. Customers concerned with food allergens and gluten must be aware of these risks. Cal Dining cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Cal Dining facility or catered event. Customers with life-threatening food allergies who may need to use an EpiPen should be carrying their own at all times. Cal Dining staff is not trained to administer EpiPens and cannot provide or administer them.

Cal Dining strives to provide a variety of meal options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Although not guaranteed, special diets can generally be accommodated within our regular offerings. Students are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing