Terms and Conditions for 2023-2024

Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

Academic Year 2023-2024


  1. Costs
    1. You agree to pay the meal plan rate determined by the Board of Directors and the College of Saint Benedict. Your rate is determined by the meal plan that is assigned or selected, as determined by your residency.
    2. CSB Culinary Services reserves the right to change the approved contract rates during the term of the contract by giving a 30-day advance notice. Changes will be dependent on a change in the academic year schedule and/or break schedule.
    3. As the purchaser, you agree that the meal plan is to be used for and by you, except for guest passes.
    4. Failure to review and accept associated meal plan costs and terms and conditions by the 10th academic day of each semester means that you accept the charges to your account, agree to the meal plan terms and conditions, and waive your right to dispute your meal plan enrollment.
  2. Eligibility
    1. All first- and second-year cohort students living in residence halls are required to be on the Continuous Meal Plan.
    2. 3rd and 4th year cohort students living in residence halls will be defaulted to the Continuous Meal Plan but have the option to choose the Continuous Meal Plan or Bennie Meal Plan.
    3. Students living in apartment-style housing, will be defaulted to the Bennie Meal Plan, but have the option of any currently available meal plan or may opt out of a meal plan.
    4. Students living off-campus will be defaulted to No Meal Plan but have the option of any currently available meal plan.
  3. Dates
    1. Dates and detailed information for fall and spring semester meal plan availability can be found online at: edu/csb-culinary-services/campus-meal-plans/meal-plan-availability
    2. Meals are served seven (7) days a week at various locations across campus while classes are in session. Hours may be found online at: edu/csb-culinary-services
  4. Meal Plan Features
    1. Continuous meal passes provide access to Gorecki Dining Center and Refectory.
    2. Bennie, 80 and 32 Meal Plans can be used at Gorecki Dining Center, McGlynn’s, Refectory and Sexton.
    3. Bucks are a declining balance used towards purchases at Gorecki Dining Center, McGlynn’s, Refectory, Sexton, Clemens Perk and the Shu.
    4. Guest passes may be used to bring a guest into Gorecki Dining Center or Refectory.
  5. Usage
    1. You must present your CSBSJU ID Card to the cashier to use your meal plan.
    2. Continuous meal passes are to be used by the meal plan holder only. Guest passes, Bennie/Apt meals and dining bucks may be used for guests of the meal plan holder. Meal plans, dining bucks and guest passes are not transferable or saleable to other individuals.
    3. Students with the Continuous Meal Plan have 4 guest meals to allow a guest to eat with them.
    4. All bucks purchases made at a retail dining location are at retail pricing.
    5. At the conclusion of each semester, remaining meal plan balances (unused meals and bucks) are forfeited and non-refundable.
  6. Health and Safety
    1. As in any community dining establishment, dining on campus brings many individuals such as students, staff, faculty, and community members in contact with one another. CSB Culinary Services will implement reasonable public health and safety measures regarding infectious disease as recommended by the applicable public health authorities. CSB Culinary Services encourages all individuals to follow the recommended public health guidelines, but it cannot control the behavior of any individual. As a result, the College of Saint Benedict is not and will not be liable for any public health threat to which a student or visitor may be exposed, including but not limited to the transmission of any infectious disease such as COVID-19.
    2. Students and dining guests are expected to follow the health and safety measures implemented by the college as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and other applicable public health authorities during a public health crisis. The health and safety measures may be subject to modification as the public health guidance changes.
    3. CSB Culinary Services does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food/drink consumed, the presence of a foreign body in food/drink, or items with which one may come into contact while eating/drinking or purchasing items at any dining location or retail location.
  7. Dietary Needs and Restrictions
    1. Menus in culinary service dining operations are created in efforts to satisfy nutritional needs for medical dietary requirements. Customers with food allergies or special dietary needs are encouraged to read the information found at csbsju.edu/csb-culinary-services and contact our staff regarding available resources.
    2. The College of Saint Benedict Culinary Services Department’s nutrition information is produced from input into the Computrition software system, which references data from the United States Department of Agriculture and directly from food processors and manufacturers. The nutrition information is based on standard product formulations and serving sizes. We make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies and intolerances. There is a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation or substitute at any time, without notice. The Culinary Services Department operates its own bakery that is not a nut-free, gluten-free, or dairy-free bakery. We cannot guarantee the absence of cross contact with our menu items or with our suppliers of food products. The College of St. Benedict will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any college culinary service establishments.
  8. Changes
    1. Meal plans may not be sold or transferred to another student.
    2. You may change your meal plan online until the 10th academic day of each semester, if eligible by your residency.
    3. If you change your residency, and the change impacts your meal plan residency eligibility, you have five (5) business days from the effective date of the transfer to change your meal plan if you so choose.
    4. If you change residency to a residence hall as a 3rd and 4th year cohort students, you must choose either the Continuous Meal Plan or the Bennie Meal Plan within five (5) business days from the effective date of transfer. If a meal plan is not chosen, the Continuous Meal Plan will be assigned.
  9. Meal plan appeals
    1. Dining center menus satisfy nutritional needs for most medical dietary requirements and faith based or lifestyle dietary practices. Dining staff are available to work with meal plan participants to meet specific dietary needs. Meal plan appeals are handled by Student Accessibility Service Department.
  10. Cancellations & Refunds
    1. In the event your residence hall contract is cancelled, your meal plan will be cancelled automatically on the date provided by Residential Life or the last day of usage.
    2. Meals missed because of late move-in, specific diets, religious beliefs and activities, employment, or classes scheduled during the meal hours are not refundable.
    3. Refunds for cancelled meal plans or changed meal plans (due to residence changes, dietary restriction appeals, etc.) will be subject to the Student Accounts refund schedule or actual usage, whichever is greater.
  11. Meal Contract Terminations
    1. In the event all or a portion of the university housing and dining systems and/or supply chain becomes unavailable as determined by the college, due to an unforeseeable circumstances including, but not limited to, natural disaster; fire; flood; tornado; war; embargo; health epidemic or pandemic; quarantine; riots; civil disobedience/unrest; strikes, lockouts, or other labor disturbances; acts of God; or declaration of emergency, CSB Culinary Services may terminate this contract without prior notice.
    2. CSB Culinary Services is not responsible for providing alternative dining to the student once a contract is terminated.
    3. Credits or refunds for unused meal plan components may be issued at the college’s discretion.
  12. Dining facilities conduct
    1. Please take only what you can eat and do not waste food. Food waste is a major environmental issue and increases costs for all meal plan participants.
    2. Please clear your dishes to the dish carousel before you leave.
    3. Food, beverage, dinnerware, and flatware can not to be taken out of the facility.
    4. Shoes and shirts are required in all dining locations
    5. Rollerblades, skateboards, personal scooters, and other recreational wheeled transportation devices are not permitted to be used in dining locations.
    6. Culinary Services management staff reserve the right to ask for identification and student cooperation at any time. Entering Gorecki dining center without authorization violates student conduct guidelines and may be referred for disciplinary action.