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Blue Residential Meal Plan & Gold Residential Meal Plan for students living on campus

General Terms and Conditions for Student Meal Plans

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.

Dining Facilities

Meal swipes may only be used for breakfast, lunch, weekend/special service brunch, or dinner at the four residence hall dining commons: Crossroads, Café 3, Foothill, and Clark Kerr. 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:

  • Convenience Stores: The Den, Bear Market, Cub Market, and the CKCub;
  • Campus Restaurants: Brown’s, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Cafe, Common Grounds, and The Pro Shop;
  • Selected Concession Stands: California Memorial Stadium, Haas Pavilion, as well as during other Cal Athletics events. Look for the “Flex Dollars Accepted Here” signs;
  • Late Night à la carte service in the Crossroads and Foothill residence hall dining commons

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. Residents are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing dietitian@berkeley.edu.

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.

Eligibility

Meal plans are included in the residence hall (“room and board”) on-campus housing contract rate for residents. Meal plans are selected at the time you accept your housing offer and make your initial contract payment.

Residence Hall contract holders receive meal plans that include access to the dining commons and a declining balance, or debit-like program called Flex Dollars. Residence Hall contract holders, as a condition of their Residence Hall contract, are required to have and are automatically enrolled in the Blue Residential Meal Plan. Residence Hall students may select to upgrade to the Gold Residential Meal Plan at any time during the year by logging into the Housing Portal and paying an additional fee.

Period of Contract

Fall and Spring semester dates as defined in the official University academic calendar shall constitute the period of the Blue Meal Plan or Gold Meal 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.

Meal Plan Terms

The Blue Residential Meal Plan is automatically included in the housing contract and fees. The Blue Residential Meal Plan provides 12 meal swipes per week (Sunday through Saturday) and $500 Flex Dollars to use within the academic year ($250 per semester). Meals reset each Sunday and do not carry over from week to week. Meal swipes that are not used during the week cannot be accumulated or saved. This plan allows only one meal swipe per designated meal period.

The Residence Hall housing contract includes room and board as one rate; therefore, if a student cancels their housing contract, they are also cancelling their meal plan, therefore forfeiting any remaining swipes and/or flex dollars. Please refer to your Housing Contract for specific housing contract cancellation terms and conditions.

Students may choose to upgrade to the Gold Residential Plan at any time for an additional fee. The Gold Residential Meal Plan offers students unlimited meal swipes in the residence hall dining commons (during all standard meal hours of operation every week during the meal plan contract period) and $700 Flex Dollars. This plan is for students who wish to have unlimited breakfast, brunch/lunch, and dinner access to the dining commons, including additional beverages and snacks. In addition to the daily multiple “all-you-care-to-eat” meal swipes at the residence hall dining commons, this plan provides $700 Flex Dollars per academic year ($350 per semester) to use for Late Night à la carte service, at Cal Dining campus restaurants, convenience stores, selected concession stands at Cal Athletic events (Look for "Flex Dollars Accepted Here" signs), and for guest meals. The cost of the Gold Residential Meal Plan is an additional $600 per semester. Upgrade to the Gold Residential Meal Plan at any time during the year by logging into the Housing Portal. Please note that the upgrade fee is $600 regardless of when during the term a student chooses to upgrade and the fee cannot be prorated.

Additional Flex Dollar add-on options are available only if a student holds a current active meal plan and are subject to same terms and conditions as initial meal plan plus Flex Dollar allocation.

In Fall semester, 50% of meal plan Flex Dollars are allocated to meal plan accounts. Should a student not use all Fall semester Flex Dollars, all unused Flex Dollars will carry over from fall semester to the subsequent spring semester. Flex Dollars will not carry over into summer session, or from academic year to academic year. Any meal plan Flex Dollars not used by the last day of any spring semester will be forfeited.

Meal Plan Changes

Residents in on-campus housing may downgrade their meal plan from the Gold Residential to the Blue Residential plan at the beginning of the fall semester through September 5, 2018 only, or from December 1, 2018 to January 16, 2019 only for spring semester. Changes to meal plans must be made only via the Cal Housing Office (reshall@berkeley.edu or phone: 510.642.4108).

At any time during the academic year students may upgrade their meal plan from the Blue Residential to the Gold Residential plan for the additional cost of $600 per semester.

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.


Bear Meal Plan and Cub Meal Plan for undergraduates and graduates living off campus or in any university-owned/affiliated apartments

General Terms and Conditions for Student Meal Plans

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.

Dining Facilities

Meal swipes may only be used for breakfast, lunch, weekend/special service brunch, or dinner at the four residence hall dining commons : Crossroads, Café 3, Foothill, and Clark Kerr. 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:

  • Convenience Stores: The Den, Bear Market, Cub Market, and the CKCub;
  • Campus Restaurants: Brown’s, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Cafe, Common Grounds, and The Pro Shop;
  • Selected Concession Stands: California Memorial Stadium, Haas Pavilion, as well as during other Cal Athletics events. Look for the “Flex Dollars Accepted Here” signs;
  • Late Night à la carte service in the Crossroads and Foothill residence hall dining commons

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.

Meal plan holders are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing dietitian@berkeley.edu.

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.

Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students not living in a Cal Housing residential hall that requires a meal plan are considered ‘off campus’ and may purchase either a Bear or Cub Meal plan. Students must have a current and active registration indicating that they are a student in Bear Facts to purchase a Bear or Cub meal plan.

Period of Contract

Fall and Spring semester dates as defined in the official University academic calendar shall constitute the period of the Bear Meal Plan or Cub Meal Plan contract, except for campus holiday and 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.

Contract Duration

The Bear Meal Plan and Cub Meal Plan contracts are valid during the academic year of purchase only. At the time of purchase, Bear or Cub plan meal swipes and Flex Dollars are credited to the student’s Cal 1 Card account. For the Bear and Cub plans, meal swipes and Flex Dollars will not carry over from academic year to academic year, nor are they carried over into summer sessions. All meal swipes and Flex Dollars must be spent by the last day of the academic year or if the student withdraws from classes/university whichever shall come first; any unused meal swipes or Flex Dollars will be forfeited.


For undergraduate students: Bear and Cub meal plans may be purchased by charge-to-account or online using credit card payment. Accepted credit cards include Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

For graduate students: Bear and Cub meal plans must be purchased online using credit card payment. Accepted credit cards include Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

Bear and Cub meal plans may be purchased starting in August 2018, as specified under Important Dates. Once you have a Bear or Cub plan, you may purchase additional add-on Flex Dollars anytime throughout the academic year.

Maximum Plan Purchases

For undergraduate students purchasing a plan through charge-to account, no more than two Cub or two Bear plans may be purchased within a given month. When purchasing an additional plan, to avoid erroneous charges please allow at least 72 hours between plan purchases. There is no limit for credit card purchases.

Refunds, Transfers, Cancellations

There are no refunds or transfers on the Bear and Cub meal plans. There is no cancellation deadline or fee. All meal swipes and Flex Dollars expire at the end of the academic year the meal plan was purchased in, or at withdrawal from classes, whichever shall come first.


Faculty and Staff Meal Plan

General Terms and Conditions for Faculty and Staff Meal Plans

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. 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 (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 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.

Dining Facilities

Meal swipes may only be used for breakfast, lunch, weekend/special service brunch, or dinner at the four residence hall dining commons : Crossroads, Café 3, Foothill, and Clark Kerr. 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:

  • Convenience Stores: The Den, Bear Market, Cub Market, and the CKCub;
  • Campus Restaurants: Brown’s, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Cafe, Common Grounds, and The Pro Shop;
  • Selected Concession Stands: California Memorial Stadium, Haas Pavilion, as well as during other Cal Athletics events. Look for the “Flex Dollars Accepted Here” signs;
  • Late Night à la carte service in the Crossroads and Foothill residence hall dining commons

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.

Meal plan holders are encouraged to meet with our registered dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing dietitian@berkeley.edu.

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 Meal Plan service. Please note in the case of an emergency campus closure, advance notice may not be provided.

Eligibility

All current University of California, Berkeley faculty and staff with a valid Cal 1 Card are eligible to purchase a Faculty and Staff Meal Plan. An employee who is also a registered student of the University may only purchase a student Bear or Cub plan.

Period of Contract

All meal swipes included in the Faculty and Staff Meal Plan must be used by the end of the final summer session 2019 or separation from the university, whichever shall come first. The flex dollars included in the Faculty and Staff Meal Plan, 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 Meal Plan. There is no cancellation deadline or fee.

Payment Method

VISA, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

Rollover Meals/Points from the Faculty and Staff Meal Plans Purchased Prior to July 2018

Faculty and Staff Meal Plan holders with plans purchased prior to July 2018 will be able to continue to use any remaining points or meal swipes on their previous plan until there is a zero balance or the faculty or staff member separates from the university. Additional meal swipes or points cannot be purchased as the previous plans are no longer offered.

Beginning August, 2018, you may purchase the new Faculty and Staff Fall 2018 meal plans that can be used starting on August 19, 2018.

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