Student Affairs - Dean's Office
Student Handbook

Meal Plan Replacement

As a residential liberal arts college, Wesleyan has a campus dining service to meet the needs of students, staff, and
faculty on campus. In 1994, a Committee of WSA conducted an extensive review of the dining program and concluded that to insure the economics of a functional dining program and to promote community on campus; there should be four-year mandatory participation in the residential dining program. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the students’ recommendation later that year and the meal plan requirement has been in place for all undergraduate students since that time.

In rare circumstances, exemptions from mandatory participation or modification of plan requirements are appropriate.
Petitions must be made to the director of the Usdan University Center. The following guidelines have been developed in order to respond to requests for exemptions and/or changes:

  • The student is a nontraditional undergraduate. Specifically, the student is 25 years of age or older and resides with his/her/hir family (spouse/partner, and dependent children, if any).
  • The student has a medical condition that requires dietary restrictions that cannot be accommodated by the dining program. Students requesting exemptions or changes to the meal plan for medical reasons must meet with a physician at University Health Services to review their medical condition. The medical director will consult with Wesleyan’s nutritionist (if appropriate) and then forward a recommendation to the director of the Usdan University Center.
  • The student has obtained off-campus status (exemption from the residency requirement) and commutes to the University from the residence of a parent/guardian.
  • The student has special nonmedical dietary needs that cannot be accommodated within the context of the dining program. Students requesting exemptions or changes to the meal plan for dietary reasons must meet with the dining services nutritionist to review their dietary needs. The nutritionist will forward a recommendation to the director of the Usdan University Center.

These guidelines have been reviewed by the Student Dining Committee.