Meal Plan Exemption Policy
All students who reside on campus, with the exception of those living in the Omega Residence Hall, are required to be on a college meal plan. This requirement insures that students are provided with proper nutrition while having the opportunity to engage socially with their peers while dining.
Students who have a medically diagnosed dietary condition (i.e. severe food allergies, Celiac disease, etc.) may submit a meal plan exemption request online no later than the first ten business days of the start of either the Fall or Spring Semester. Exemption requests submitted after the first 10 business days will not be considered, and it is the student’s responsibility to resubmit for the following semester. Meal Plan Exemption Requests are received through the online form only.
Students requesting a meal plan exemption must submit documentation from the student’s health care provider detailing the reason(s) why the college meal plan fails to meet the student’s dietary requirements. This documentation must include a suggested menu for the student as well as any specific meal preparation requirements, and submitted with the online request form within the first ten business days of the start of either the Fall or Spring Semester. The Office of Counseling Services will not provide documentation to substantiate an exemption request. The Eckerd College Health Center will only provide documentation if the student is, or has been, otherwise treated at the Health Center and if there is a valid dietary need that cannot be met by the food service provider on campus.
All exemption requests must be submitted here within the first ten business days of the start of either the Fall or Spring Semester. Student requests and supporting documentation are to be submitted together.
Every effort will be made to meet the student’s dietary needs before an exemption is considered.
If a student is submitting medical documentation from the Eckerd College Health Center, the student must have documentation that he/she received treatment on multiple occasions at the campus Health Center for the treatment of dietary issues related specifically to dining on campus.
Medical documentation citing “vegetarianism/veganism” as the reason for exemption will not be considered as this is not a medical condition. The College’s foodservice provider includes specialized and designated items for students who prefer vegetarian/vegan foods and works to accommodate other special dietary needs upon reasonable advanced notice. The college’s food service provider has a nutritionist on staff to assist students with any dietary questions or concerns. Students should visit the main office of the food service provider, located in the rear of the main café, for more information regarding specific dietary requests.
Citing “financial burden” is not a valid reason for a meal plan exemption and will not be considered.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Scott Strader, PhD, Director of Counseling and Accessible Education Services at 727-864-8248.