Dining Services Policy

STUDENT HANDBOOK: Policies and Procedures

Student Meal Plans

The residential full board plan is a 21-meal per week, per term plan. All students living in traditional campus housing are required to purchase the full board plan.* This plan can be used in the Commons Dining Hall Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. On weekends, continental breakfast, brunch, and dinner are available. Grab-n-Go take away meals are available in the Bookstore to accommodate academic scheduling. Grab-n-Go hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Flex-7 Meal Plan is the default meal plan for students living in Shingle, Longmeadow, and the Paran Creek Apartments. Students can still choose to be on the full meal plan. On-campus students who have been approved to be off the full meal plan can opt for the Flex-7 plan. This plan provides seven meal units per week to be used for any meal, any day of the week in the Commons Dining Hall or for Grab-n-Go. Students who are not on a meal plan and visiting guests are welcome at any dining location and may pay by cash or credit card at the door.

Declining balances, via the Bennington Card, can be added and used at any dining facility at face value.

A student’s Bennington Card is required for entry to the Commons Dining Hall. At the beginning of each term, students’ ID cards are programmed as proof of payment for the board plan. Students must present their ID cards at each meal. If your ID is lost or stolen, you must purchase a new card at the cost of $15 by emailing the Help Desk at helpdesk@bennington.edu and picking up the new ID card in the SCOPE forum on the third floor of Commons.

Meal plans are non-transferable and non-cumulative. Students who attempt to use another student’s meal plan/ID card may be referred to the Office of Student Life for disciplinary review.

Unauthorized removal of food or service ware from dining facilities, including Grab-n-Go, is considered theft and is prohibited and subject to restitution and possible disciplinary action. Students who are ill or otherwise unable to attend a meal period may contact a College agent (Campus Safety, Dining Services, Student Life, Health Services, etc.) and have a takeout meal arranged. This meal can then be picked up by another student. The person picking up the meal must have the individual’s ID at the time of pickup. This is a short-term accommodation and cannot be used more than a single day.

Dining Services food or service ware recovered from student housing is subject to a $25 fine for each offense and/or possible disciplinary action. Items recovered from common spaces during house inspections will be the responsibility of the house members collectively. If notified 48 hours ahead of time, Dining Services will help facilitate the return of any serviceware without penalty.

Per Vermont Health Code, Dining Services requires patrons to wear proper attire in any food service location. This includes pants, shirts, and shoes worn in the intended manner.