Inclement Weather Policy
The five dining commons will provide meal plan service even when the University officially closes for inclement weather conditions. The department will delay opening on these days by one hour. Example: Weekday breakfast would begin at 8:00am instead of 7:00am. Weekend breakfast would begin at 9:30am instead of 8:30am. The department may also opt to close Snelling Dining Commons and the Village Summit at Joe Frank Harris Commons at 8:00pm if weather conditions are extreme. On days when the University is closed and busses are not running, the Niche will delay opening for breakfast by one hour and will close at 6:00pm. If inclement weather occurs on a weekend, The Village Summit and Bolton will delay opening by one hour, but Snelling, Oglethorpe, and the Niche will remain closed. All Dining Services Retail Operations are closed on days when the University is officially closed due to inclement weather.
Service Animal Policy
UGA Dining Services has developed guidelines to supplement UGA's Service Animal Policy (http://www.uga.edu/eoo/policies/pdfs/ServiceAnimalPolicy.pdf).
The following guidelines apply to all students and their service animals who dine in University of Georgia Dining Services facilities. We've established these guidelines along with the UGA Environmental Safety Division so that we can provide our customers with the quality products and services they expect in the safe and sanitary environment that they deserve.
These guidelines are designed to keep our facilities in compliance with the State of Georgia Rules and Regulations Governing Dining Service (290-5-14) as enforced by the Clarke County Health Department.
- Service animals, including those in training, are permitted in the dining commons provided that their behavior, noise, odor, and waste do not exceed reasonable standards for a well behaved animal and that these factors do not create unreasonable disruptions to the dining commons.
- Dangerous, poisonous, and/or illegal animals are not permitted.
- The service animal must be controlled by leash or harness or contained in an animal carrier at all times. The service animal must wear their identifying jacket at all times.
- The service animal must remain under the control of the handler/partner at all times. The handler/partner must prevent the service animal from contaminating food, clean equipment, and clean tableware. Contamination occurs whenever the animal touches the item. If accidental contamination occurs, the handler/partner must immediately inform a Dining Services employee so that the items can be removed from service.
- Handlers/Partners are responsible for properly containing and disposing of all animal fecal waste. If a service animal has an accident outside the entrance or inside a Dining Services facility, the waste must be immediately retrieved by the handler/partner, placed in a plastic bag and securely tied before being disposed in outside trash dumpsters. If the accident occurs inside, the handler/partner must inform a Dining Services employee, who will provide the handler with chemical clean up tools to further clean the area after the solid waste is removed.
Animal Health and Well–Being
- All service animals must be in good health and have all veterinarian recommended vaccinations to maintain the animal's health and prevent contagious diseases.
- All service animals must wear identification tags with contact information and, if applicable, vaccination information.
- The handler/partner is responsible for ensuring that the service animal does not interfere with the routine activities and daily operations of the dining commons or cause difficulties for customers or staff. Sensitivity to individuals with allergies and to those who fear animals is important. • The handler/partner must feed and water the service animal outside of the dining facility.
- The handler/partner is financially and legally responsible for the actions of the service animal such as bodily injury or property damage. University Dining Services shall have the right to bill the handler/partner's account for necessary repair and/or replacement costs.
- The student handler/partner must contact UGA's Disability Resource Center at http://drc.uga.edu/registeringanimalservices.php in order to register their service animal.
- If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Chad Jordan, UGA Environmental Safety Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-9373. If you have any immediate concern about your experience in one of our facilities, please ask for the manager on duty.
Meal Plan Policies
Meal Plan Effective Dates:
UGA Dining Services meal plan contracts are for the duration of the Academic Year consisting of Fall and Spring Semesters. Summer Session meal plans are also available, but are not part of the Academic Year contract.
Beginning service for Fall and Spring Semesters coincide with Housing move in dates. The last day of service for each semester will be no earlier than the Housing move out date, and may actually be one day later. Spring semester service will not end until the day of or the day after Graduation. Service during academic breaks may be limited to one of the dining commons.
Meal Plan Contract Terms:
To participate in a meal plan, students, faculty, or staff must agree to a meal plan contract. The Academic Year contract is for both Fall and Spring Semesters. Once a student agrees to the contract, he or she is obligated to remain on the contract for both semesters. Summer Session plans mirror the dates of the different sessions, and various contracts are available.
Students may choose to join the meal plan after the Fall Semester has begun. Students who choose to do so are obligated to remain on the plan for the remainder of the Academic Year. If Fall semester service has already ceased, the student is then only obligated for the unexpired portion of the contract, Spring semester.
Meal plan customers may enjoy access to any of our five dining commons during operating hours. To gain entry to any of the dining commons, meal plan customers may use the new Iris Camera System at the entry of each dining commons at any time except during overnight service at Snelling Dining Commons. Students entering Snelling Dining Commons during overnight service must use their UGA ID card to gain entry during this time. Paw Points may be used at any UGA Dining Service location or Vending machine.
At no time, may a meal plan customer use his/her UGA ID to allow another patron to gain access. If a meal plan contract holder allows another meal plan patron to gain access into the dining commons, the contract holder’s student record will be flagged and he/she will be contacted to make an appointment to meet with Executive Director Bryan Varin. Other actions by Dining Services may include suspending meal plan access, revoking meal plan access, contacting Student Judiciary, and/or UGA Police.
For any offense, if the contract holder allows another patron into a dining location who is not on the meal plan, the cash price of the meal will be placed on the contract holder’s student account and the charge must be paid before any flag is removed or suspension lifted.
Alternative Solutions for Meals:
A meal plan contract holder with inadequate time to reach the dining commons during a particular meal period, may request an off-site meal. The contract holder will need to contact Dining Services Dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, at 706-542-7313 to provide a class schedule and to arrange to pick up the meal at one of the dining commons. Food may not be taken out of the dining commons without making arrangements with the Dietitian. Removing food from the dining commons is prohibited and will result in a penalty fee and possible disciplinary action.
Withdrawal from Classes:
Students who notify Dining Services that they have withdrawn from all classes will receive a refund for the semester in which they withdraw. Refunds are processed in accordance with the schedule published by Student Accounts. The date used for withdrawal refunds will be the later of the Registrar’s official withdrawal date or the last date the patron accessed the dining commons.
If a student is dismissed from classes as a result of disciplinary action, no refund is authorized.
Students graduating Fall Semester may notify Dining Services in mid-December. Dining Services will verify that the graduating student has no Spring classes and will void the Spring portion of the contract at no cost to the student.
Internships/Student Teaching/ Studies Abroad:
Students involved in programs that will require them to be away from campus for the majority of the Semester may void their Spring Semester contract at no fee by providing documentation from the program department head. Programs that last only part of a semester may not result in a full waiver of the cancellation fee and will be determined on an individual basis.