Terms and Conditions - Meal plans for students living in the residence halls 2019—2020
Meal plans are included in the Residence Hall (“room and board”) contract rate for students living in the residence halls. Students with a Residence Hall contract are automatically enrolled in the Blue Plan. Upgrade options are available to be selected at the time you accept your housing offer and make your initial contract payment, and at any time during the academic year by contacting the Cal Housing office via email at email@example.com. Meal plans will remain active for the full academic year.
Meal plans include a combination of meal swipes and flex dollars. Meal swipes are for use in the dining commons only. Flex dollars may be used in the dining commons, at campus convenience stores, campus restaurants, and late-night service.
Meal swipes are used for “all-you-care-to-eat meals” at the dining commons. Each Sunday a specific number of meal swipes will be available for use. Meal swipes that are not used during the week will expire at midnight on Saturday of each week. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.
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.
If a student living in the residence halls runs out of meal swipes for the week, flex dollars may be used to pay for “all-you-care-to-eat meals” at the dining commons
Three meal plans are available for students who live in the residence halls. All meal plans begin on the Sunday prior to when fall semester instruction begins, and end on the last Sunday of spring semester.
- Blue Plan: Provides 12 meal swipes per week in the dining commons, one only per designated meal period, and 600 flex dollars to use within the academic year (300 per semester). This plan is automatically included in the Residence Hall contract and fees.
- Gold Plan: Provides 10 meal swipes per week in the dining commons, one only per designated meal period, and 1,000 flex dollars to use within the academic year ( 500 per semester). Upgrade for $350 per academic year ($175 per semester).
- Ultimate Plan: Provides unlimited meal swipes per week per designated meal period in the dining commons, and 1,000 flex dollars to use within the academic year (500 per semester). Upgrade for $950 per academic year ($475 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 the residence halls may downgrade their meal plan at the beginning of the fall semester through September 11, 2019 or from December 1, 2019 to January 24, 2020 for spring semester. Changes to meal plans must be made by contacting the Cal Housing office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At any time during the academic year, students in the residence halls may upgrade their meal plan from the Blue Plan to the Gold Plan for the additional cost of $175 per semester, from Blue Plan to the Ultimate Plan for $475 per semester, or from the Gold Plan to the Ultimate Plan for $300 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 the Residence Halls are required to have a meal plan and may not cancel their meal plan for any reason. UC Berkeley has a combined room and board program and does not separate the cost of the meal plan from room fees.
Meal swipes may only be used for breakfast, lunch, weekend/special service brunch, or dinner at the four residence hall dining commons. If no meal swipes are available, available flex dollars will be used. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.
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.
Payments for Upgrades
You may upgrade your meal plan any time during the academic year. Once it’s approved, it will be immediately activated. Payment will be due after 30 days and appear on Cal Central Account. 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 Cal Central 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 Blue Plan, Gold Plan or Ultimate 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 $35 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.
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 living in the Residence Halls are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing email@example.com.