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Meal Plan Petitions

DEADLINE 

Fall Semester, Friday, September 7, 2018

May I be released from the meal plan if I am a first or second year student?

Meal Plan requirement for Class of 2022 cohort (students enrolled as a freshman during the 2018-2019):

  • All undergraduate students who live in university residence halls (including Aron Residence) are required to enroll in unlimited, TU 15 or Kosher meal plan.
  • All undergraduate students who live off-campus are required to enroll in a meal plan, at minimum the Commuter meal plan

Meal Plan requirements for class of 2021, 2020, & 2019 cohorts (students enrolled as a second-, third-, or fourth-year students during the 2019-2019 academic year.)

  • All first-year and second year students who live off-campus are required to enroll in a meal plan, at minimum the Commuter meal plan.
  • All first-year students who live in university residence halls (including Aron Residence) are required to enroll in Unlimited, TU 15 or Kosher meal plan.
  • All second-year students who live on-campus are required to enroll in either Unlimited, TU 15, TU 10, TU 7 or Kosher meal plan.

Enroll in a meal plan

Petitions are considered by the Meal Plan Petition Committee only for a well-documented extraordinary circumstance, meaning a medical, religious, or financial reason that Tulane University or Tulane University Dining Services cannot reasonably accommodate.  

A student making a request to be released from the meal plan is asking for an exception.  An approval of the petition is not automatic and is given only for a well-documented extraordinary circumstance.  Approved meal plan petitions are generally effective for the full academic year and must be resubmitted before the beginning of the fall semester each year unless otherwise specified by the Meal Plan Petition Committee.  All information submitted is confidential but may be reviewed by the committee members and an authorized university representative(s). 


May I be released from the meal plan if I follow a special diet?

Tulane University Dining Services has a long history of effectively accommodating students with allergies to gluten, wheat, soy, shellfish, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts (including nut oils) as well as accommodating vegetarian and vegan dietary restrictions.  For this reason, merely documenting these dietary restrictions does not typically warrant approving a petition to be released from the meal plan.  Please visit the Special Dietary needs and Simple Servings pages for more information.  If you believe your diet cannot be effectively accommodated after reviewing this information, please submit a meal plan petition and a meeting with a Tulane University Dining Services representative (including the Campus Dietitian and/or Executive Chef) will be arranged.  The petition process requires Tulane University Dining Services to provide a written recommendation to the Meal Plan Petition Committee regarding how your diet can or cannot be accommodated after meeting with you and considering the medical documentation provided.

May I be released from the meal plan if my religion requires a certain diet?

Tulane University Dining Services can meet religious dietary restrictions that require following a plant-based diet.  Bruff Commons dining hall offers a vegan and vegetarian station as well as many daily vegan and vegetarian menu options in other stations.  Tulane University Dining Services also offers a Kosher meal plan.

May I be released from the meal plan due to financial burden?

An allowance for food expenses adequate to cover the required average meal plan cost is calculated into a student’s financial aid cost of attendance, and full resources (for eligible students and/or parents) to cover every aspect  of the student’s expected costs are available.  The Financial Aid Office cannot support a student’s request to be released from the meal plan requirement due to their paying additional food costs, receiving food from a source which does not require payment, or perception that the cost of the meal plan is too high. 

Please review financial application steps on the Financial Aid Office website, and/or contact your assigned Financial Aid Counselor to inquire how you may apply for additional financial aid (in the form of gift, loan, and/or work aid).

How do I submit a meal plan petition? 
Step 1:  Review the meal plan petition information and gather the required documentation described below. 

You need to have the following documents available to upload based on the reason for your petition:

  • Medical:
                1.     Medical Meal Plan Petition Forms which consist of the following:

a)     The Healthcare Provider Assessment Form which should be completed in compliance with the Meal Plan Petition Guidelines for Documentation.  Students and physicians should avoid making requests for release based on conscious choice or medically unsubstantiated beliefs (i.e., Tulane University Dining Services food is unhealthy or too high in fat, the student is a vegetarian, food disagrees with them, or food is not organic). 

b)     Authorization for the release of confidential Health Information, fill out and submit to Campus HealthReleases are made solely on the basis of documented health conditions and prescription for special diets that cannot be accommodated by Tulane University Dining Services.

  • Religious:
                 1.     Documentation demonstrating proof of practice. 
  • Financial:
                 1.    Tulane Authorization for Release of Information, check the box “Financial Aid Records.” 

Step 2:  Complete the meal plan petition here.

Petitions will not be reviewed until all documentation is received by the Meal Plan Petition Committee.  Incomplete forms may delay your case and reduce any potential refund if your petition is approved.  Refunds will be determined by daily proration and the date your petition receives a final decision.

Step 3:  If you are contacted by a Tulane University Dining Services representative, you must meet with them before your petition is reviewed. 

Step 4:  Notifications are sent to the student’s Tulane University email account approximately 3 weeks after all petition materials have been submitted and a meeting with Tulane University Dining Services has been attended.

What happens after I submit the petition?

Once your petition is submitted, all supporting documentation received, and requested meetings are attended, it will be reviewed by the Meal Plan Petition Committee.

  • Petitions submitted for medical reasons will require an in person meeting with a Tulane University Dining Services representative and will be reviewed by Meal Plan Petition Committee members from the following departments: Student Health Center, Tulane University Dining Services, and a Goldman Center for Student Accessibility.
  • Petitions submitted for religious reasons will be reviewed by Meal Plan Petition Committee members from the following departments: Tulane University Dining Services, Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Resources and Support Services. 
  • Petitions submitted for financial reasons will be reviewed by Meal Plan Petition Committee members from the following departments: Office of Financial Aid and Student Resources and Support Services. 

When necessary, the Meal Plan Petition Committee may consult with other Tulane University Offices including Housing and Residence Life or other appropriate university personnel.

The student will be contacted regarding the committee’s decision via email to their Tulane University email address. 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact Tulane University Dining Services at mealplan@tulane.edu.


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