The Meal Plan

All first-year and new (transfer, exchange and guest) students are required to be on the meal plan for their entire first year.

All upper-class students living in College housing are required to be on the full meal plan unless they live in the following meal plan optional housing:  710 College Ave., Ira de A. Reid House, or HCA, where they may choose to go off of the meal plan.   Eligible students wishing to go off of the meal plan must send written notification to Barbara Wilson (610.896.1251 or bwilson@haverford.edu, Student Accounts Coordinator, Business Office), ASAP after Room Draw, but no later than before the beginning of the Fall semester stating their wish to be off of the meal plan. Students will incur a financial penalty if they notify the Business Office after the semester begins.

Students with medical reasons, religious, philosophical, or other grounds for being off of the meal plan that are known prior to Room Draw are expected to participate in Room Draw and select housing that is designated as meal-plan-optional housing. It is the student’s responsibility to exercise this option and select designated meal-exempt housing.

Exemptions from the Meal Plan

  • For medical reasons, religious, philosophical, or other grounds known prior to Room Draw, no exemption from the meal plan is permitted as it is the student’s responsibility to choose the appropriate housing during Room Draw or from the Waiting List.
  • For medical reasons, religious, philosophical, or other grounds that arise after Room Draw, the protocol is as follows:
    • For medical reasons that arise after Room Draw, the student’s doctor must send a letter to the Director of Health Services specifying the illness, when it appeared, how long it is expected to last, and a detailed prescribed diet. This letter should be on the physician’s official stationery.  The student will then meet with the College Nutritionist.  In the event that the Dining Center cannot provide the required diet, the student will be permitted to remain off of the meal plan, but they will have to move to meal plan optional housing:  710 College Ave., Ira de A. Reid House, or HCA as soon as a space becomes available. Such students will receive top priority for room openings.
    • For religious, philosophical, or other grounds after Room Draw.  For a conversion to such a position, the student may be excused from the meal plan, but they will have to move to meal plan optional housing:  710 College Ave., Ira de A. Reid House, or HCA as soon as space becomes available.  Such students will receive top priority for room openings.  Any student committed to following a strict vegan diet needs to be aware of the fact that the Dining Center cannot guarantee that vegan items are always 100% pure. The kitchen prepares food for hundreds of persons at every meal, and neither communication nor execution is always flawless.  If you think you have an exception, please contact Steve Watter, Sr. Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Student Life (610-896-4246, Chase 213).

Please see www.haverford.edu/diningservices/dc/mealplan.php for full details about the Meal Plan.

Last modified: September 1, 2013