November 12: Spring 2021 Dining Plan Updates

TO: Students and Parents
FROM: Tim McGuriman, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services
RE: Spring 2021 Dining Plan Updates
DATE: November 12, 2020 at 1:37 P.M.

What You Need To Know:

  • Dining plan amendments increase flexibility and support COVID-19 safety practices, consistent with offerings in the fall.
  • Dining plans are required for on-campus first-year students because dining serves as a key driver of community building and social interaction. First-year living spaces are not designed for individual meal preparation in the hall.
  • The academic calendar for the spring semester includes more on-campus days for students, which are reflected in updated pricing for dining plans.

In preparation for the spring semester, SJU dining services has evaluated the currently offered plans and feedback received through virtual student round table events and the Voice of the Consumer (VOC) mobile survey.

Similar to the fall semester, all spring plans include swipe meal exchanges and dining dollars, some of which can be used for Good Uncle meal delivery or on-campus dining options. All of these amendments increase flexibility for students. However, no guest passes will be included to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission and exposure.

Changes to the academic calendar increase the amount of days that students will spend on campus in the spring (108 days), as compared to the fall (96 days). So, pricing has been adjusted accordingly. As a reminder, plan availability differs according to the student’s year and housing selection. Plan details with updated pricing are available at

Fall plans will be automatically rolled over to the spring, as dining selections are annual contracts. The one exception to this policy will be for those students who need to increase a block plan to account for the added spring days. Please email before November 30 to adjust your contract.