Terms and Conditions - Meal plans for students living in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments 2019—2020

 

Eligibility

Students living in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments are considered ‘off campus’ and may purchase an off-campus meal plan. Students must have a current and active registration indicating that they are a student. Meal plans will remain active for the full academic year.

Meal plans include flex dollars. Flex dollars are available for use at all dining locations on a declining balance basis, with half the meal plan flex dollars available for each semester. At the end of fall semester, up to 100 flex dollars will carry over to spring semester, and any add-on flex dollars purchased separately will carry over from fall to spring semester. Flex dollars will not roll over into summer session, or from academic year to academic year. Any flex dollars not used by the last day of the spring semester will be forfeited.

Flex dollars have a purchasing power of $1 each. For example, a purchase of $2.01 would cost 2.01 flex dollars. Flex dollars cannot be refunded, transferred to another meal plan holder, or canceled. Flex dollars may be used to pay for guest meals at a discount from the cash price in the dining commons.


Meal Plans

Three meal plans are available for students who live in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments All meal plans begin on the Sunday prior to when fall semester instruction begins, and end on the last Sunday of spring semester.

  • 1400 Plan:
    • 1400 flex dollars per academic year (700 per semester)
    • $1,400 per academic year ($700 per semester)
  • 1900 Plan:
    • 1900 flex dollars per academic year (950 per semester)
    • $1,800 per academic year ($900 per semester)
  • 2700 Plan:
    • 2700 flex dollars per academic year (1350 per semester)
    • $2,500 per academic year ($1,250 per semester)

Add-ons: Additional flex dollars are available at caldining.berkeley.edu. Purchase 55 flex dollars for $50 or 110 flex dollars for $100. Any purchased add-on flex dollars, not included within the meal plan, will roll over from fall to spring semester.

 

Meal Plan Changes

Students living in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments may downgrade their meal plan from December 1, 2019, to January 24, 2020, for spring semester. Changes to meal plans must be made by submitting a request to busops@berkeley.edu

At any time during the academic year, students living in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments may upgrade their meal plan from the 1400 Plan to the 1900 Plan for the additional cost of $200 per semester, from 1400 Plan to the 2700 Plan for $550 per semester, or from the 1900 Plan to the 2700 Plan for $350 per semester. Please note that the upgrade fee cannot be prorated.

No other meal plan change requests will be approved outside of the official change period.

 

Meal Plan Cancellation

Students living in off-campus housing or in university-owned/affiliated apartments may cancel their meal plan from December 1, 2019, to January 24, 2020, for spring semester. No credit or refund will be given for any unused flex dollars from the Fall semester. Add on flex dollars will not be refunded or transferred; Meal Plan holders will forfeit all unused flex dollars up to cancelation date. Cancellation fees apply.

To cancel,  submit a request to busops@berkeley.edu

Termination of the off-campus meal plans outside of the cancellation period shall be approved only for academic withdrawal or medical reasons, with written verification from the University. Approved cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 cancellation fee.

 

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, Edward Track, Evans Diamond, Haas Pavilion, Levine-Fricke Field, and Witter Field
  • Late Night à la carte service


Graduating or Studying Abroad

If graduating in Fall Semester or studying abroad in Spring Semester, students must request to cancel their meal plan by emailing: busops@berkeley.edu  Students who are graduating or studying abroad are allowed to cancel to avoid penalty or cancellation fee. Verification of graduation or study abroad program will be requested. Failure to contact BusOps will result in additional charges to students Cal Central account.

 

Payments

Installments are billed to Cal Central Account and due September and January. The statements will indicate the specific date payment is due. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that payments are received at Campus Billing & Payment Services, 140 University Hall, on time, or be subject to late fines and other sanctions. Fees will also be assessed for any returned checks and will be charged on your CalCentral Account statement.

Should an account become delinquent, action will be taken to collect on any outstanding debt. To prevent such sanctions, contact the Cal Central Office prior to the fifteenth of the payment month.

 

Holiday and Campus Closure Periods

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

 

Period of Contract

Fall and spring semester dates as defined in the official University academic calendar shall constitute the period of the 1400 Plan, 1900 Plan or 2700 Plan contract, except for holiday or campus closure periods. All meal plan contracts begin on the Sunday prior to when fall semester instruction begins, and end on the last Sunday of spring semester. Please view the UC Berkeley academic calendar for up-to-date information.

 

Cal 1 Card

Cal Dining uses the Cal 1 Card to manage meal plan utilization. The Cal 1 Card is encoded for the appropriate meal plan specified on the Cal 1 Card holder’s account. Students 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 (cal1card.berkeley.edu/login). 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 $25 non-refundable replacement fee will be assessed to your student billing account. If your card was stolen and you filed a police report for that incident, the replacement fee will be waived by presenting the corresponding police report when requesting the replacement card. Replacement cards are only issued to students with a current registration status in the applicable academic term. NOTE: If you are a student and you withdraw from classes, the Cal 1 Card cannot be replaced if you lose it and you will not be able to use your meal plan.

 

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 dietitian@berkeley.edu.