Meal Plans

In order to accommodate the varying eating habits and needs of our diverse student body, Gourmet Dining and Kean University have developed a wide range of dishes designed for your active campus life-style.  Gourmet Dining also provides customized catering services for all on- campus events.
 
You’ll find our Meal Plan options, listed below, are tailored to fit your needs.  Be sure to visit our wide range of Campus Eateries.

We want you to be happy and healthy during your time at college, enjoying a variety of delicious and nourishing food.  The Residence Hall Dining facility offers a wide variety of good, nutritious foods from fresh salads and fruits to delicious and wholesome pastries, grilled entrees, pastas and more in a warm, courteous and clean environment.

To access your meal plan with the fastest service, don’t leave home without your Cougar ID card.  Feel free to have as many servings as you want as long as you stay in the Residence Hall Dining room. The Residence Dining Hall is the only place you can use your meal plan, while your Cougar Dollars and Flex dollars can be used at any of the food service locations. So, purchase your favorite meal or treat with just the swipe of your card.
 

FRESHMEN MEAL PLANS


Freshman residents living in the New Freshman Residence Hall, Whiteman Hall, Dougall Hall or Bartlett Hall will be assigned the default meal plan K-100 within 24 hours after room assignment.  Each Freshman Meal Plan includes two guest meals per month. So bring a friend and share a scrumptious meal before, between or after class.  At the end of every month, any unused guest meals will be forfeited.

Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the third week of the semester ONLY (first 21 days).  Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu.  Freshman changing their meal plan assignment may choose only from one of the four freshman meal plans.  The online meal plan change process for the fall is available for July 15, 2012 through September 25, 2012.

K-100 $1,565/SEMESTER
Continuous, unlimited access & returns in the Residence Dining Hall with 100 cougar dollars and 2 guest meals per month.  Enter the Residence Dining hall anytime, as many times as you like during the hours of operation. Cougar Dollars may be used for food purchases at any dining venue on campus (as a declining balance debit card).

K-200 $1,665/SEMESTER
Continuous, unlimited access & returns in the Residence Dining Hall with 200 cougar dollars and 2 guest meals per month.  Enter the Residence Dining hall anytime, as many times as you like during the hours of operation. Cougar Dollars may be used for food purchases at any dining venue on campus (as a declining balance debit card).

K-300 $1,765/SEMESTER

Continuous, unlimited access & returns in the Residence Dining Hall with 300 cougar dollars and 2 guest meals per month.  Enter the Residence Dining hall anytime, as many times as you like during the hours of operation. Cougar Dollars may be used for food purchases at any dining venue on campus (as a declining balance debit card).

K-400 $1,865/SEMESTER
Continuous, unlimited access & returns in the Residence Dining Hall with 400 cougar dollars and 2 guest meals per month.  Enter the Residence Dining hall anytime, as many times as you like during the hours of operation. Cougar Dollars may be used for food purchases at any dining venue on campus (as a declining balance debit card).
 

UPPER-CLASS MEAL PLANS

Upper-Class students living in the New Upper-Class Residence Hall, Sozio Hall, Rogers Hall Burch Hall and Bartlett will be assigned the default meal plan KB-96 within 24 hours after room assignment.

Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the third week of the semester ONLY (first 21 days).  Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu.  Freshman changing their meal plan assignment may choose only from one of the four freshman meal plans.  The online meal plan change process for the fall is available for July 15, 2012 through September 25, 2012.

Note: Resident students who are assigned the block plan during the first three weeks (21 days) of the semester will incur the full cost of the block meal plan.  Resident students assigned the block meal plan after the first three weeks (21 days) will incur a prorated charge based on the date of the assignment.

KB-96 $1,095/SEMESTER
This plan allows a maximum of 96 meals throughout the semester and 200 Cougar dollars. This plan is designed for students who plan to eat a minimal number of meals in the dining hall and still have the flexibility of grabbing a quick snack or meal at other campus food service locations.

KB-80 $1,095/SEMESTER
This plan allows a maximum of 80 meals throughout the semester and 300 Cougar dollars. Because there are no maximum or minimum meals per week, this block plan allows you the flexibility, variety and most of all value to meet your own personal dining needs. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WINTER SESSION AND SPRING BREAK

The University Center Cafeteria will be open during the winter session and spring recess for the University community.  Students residing on campus during the winter session and/or spring break must utilize Cougar Dollars or Flex Dollars to purchase meals.  Note: Meal plan rates have been established on a semester basis only.  None of the current meal plans can be used during the week of winter session or the week of spring break.

GUEST MEALS
Each Freshmen Meal Plan also includes 2 guest meals per month. So, bring a friend and share a scrumptious meal before, between or after class. At the end of every month any unused guest meals will be forfeited.

COUGAR DOLLARS/FLEX PLANS
Cougar Dollars give you the freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime from the University Center Cafeteria, the Cougar’s Den, and both the Center for Academic Success/Library Starbucks. Any plan may be enhanced with Flex Dollars for those who expect to want more meals when the New Residence Hall Dining facility dining room is closed, for late night snacking, or heavy use of the Starbucks locations. Students may add Flex Dollars to a plan at any time during the semester.

BLOCK MEAL PLAN
Resident students who are assigned the block plan during the first three weeks (21 days) of the semester will incur the full cost of the Block meal plan.  Resident students assigned the block meal plan after the first three weeks (21 days) will incur a prorated charge based on the date of the assignment.

PROTECT YOUR COUGAR ID CARD
Each student is responsible to protect the security of his/her card. Cougar ID cards are nontransferable; students may not "lend out" their cards to others. Cards that are used by someone other than the cardholder will be confiscated and may result in disciplinary action.  

LOST OR DAMAGED COUGAR ID CARDS
During business hours, lost cards should immediately be reported to the Cougar ID Office or Student Accounting.  When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.  Students are responsible for informing the Cougar ID Office if the Cougar ID card has been found.  Student with a meal plan option are expected to purchase a new Cougar ID Card the day it is lost.  Food Vouchers will not be handed out if the ID Card is lost during business hours.  

After business hours, students can report their lost card to the University Center Administration Office.  Students residing on campus can call the Office of Residence Life at 908-737-6800 or speak directly with a Resident Assistant for assistance. When the card is reported lost to the Cougar ID Office, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.  Students with a meal plan option will receive a food voucher to allow for meal purchases until the following business day.

Replacement for lost, stolen or damaged ID cards can be obtained at the Photo ID Office on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building, for a $15 replacement fee.

MEAL PLAN CANCELLATION POLICY
Students who have purchased a meal plan and withdraw from Kean University or terminate their housing contracts may cancel their meal plan.  A student who cancels their housing or withdraws from the University will receive a refund calculated on a percentage basis equivalent to the Residence Life cancellation policy (see www.kean.edu/~reslife).

MEAL PLAN REFUND APPEALS
Students may appeal a calculated refund within the semester the meal plan was purchased.  Meal plan refund appeals must be directed to the Office of Student Accounting at 908-737-3240.

MEAL PLAN EXEMPTION
Students may request to receive exemption from the meal plan for a specific documented medical condition.  Students must submit a letter of request for exemption by August 1, 2010 for the fall 2010 semester and December 1, 2010 for the spring 2011 semester to e-mail Reslife@kean.edu or mailing address:
Jennifer Van Dyk
Facilities and Housing Coordinator
Kean University
Office of Residence Life 

1000 Morris Avenue 

Union, NJ 07083

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.  CAN I USE THE MEAL PLAN DURING THE WINTER SESSION OR SPRING RECESS WEEK?
A.  The University Cafeteria will be open during the winter session and spring recess for the University community.  Students residing on campus during the winter session and/or spring recess must utilize Cougar Dollars or Flex Dollars to purchase meals.  The current meal plan costs do not include meals for the week of winter session or the week of spring break.

Q. CAN A COMMUTER PURCHASE A MEAL PLAN?
A. Yes, commuter students can purchase a meal plan.

Q. CAN I TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE NEW RESIDENCE HALL DINING FACILITY?
A. No.  All food served in the dining facility must be consumed or disposed of in the dining facility. Exceptions to this policy are: one ice cream cone or one hot or cold beverage when leaving the facility.

Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS ON THE MENU?
A. Printed copies of the Newsletter are available each week at the checker’s station in the dining areas or at http://www.gourmetdiningllc.com/campus/kean/index.php.

Q.WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I LOSE MY KEAN ID?       
A. During business hours, lost cards should immediately be reported to the Cougar ID Office or Student Accounting.  When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.  Students are responsible for informing the Cougar ID Office if the Cougar ID card has been found.

After business hours, students can report their lost card to the University Center Administration Office.  Students residing on campus can call the Office of Residence Life at 908-737-6800 or speak directly with a Resident Assistant for assistance. When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.

Replacement for lost, stolen or damaged ID cards can be obtained at the Photo ID Office on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building, for a $15 replacement fee.

Q. IF I AM SICK, CAN I SEND MY FRIEND TO GET ME A MEAL?
A. Yes.  A Sick Tray Request Form must be obtained by your friend through the residence hall staff.

Q. HOW CAN I CHANGE MY MEAL PLAN OPTION?
A. Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the third week of the semester ONLY (first 21 days).  Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu.  Please note that you are financially responsible for any additional meal plan charges incurred as a result of changing your meal plan.  The online meal plan change process for the fall semester is available from July 15, 2010 through September 24, 2010.  The online meal plan process for the spring is available for January 1, 2011 through February 8, 2011.

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