Change for the UCSB Meal Plan

Change for the UCSB Meal Plan

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Yuxiao Zhu started this petition to UCSB and

As students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, we feel that the meal plan policy that “Meals do not roll over to the following week” restricts students’ freedom of dining and leads to a waste of money. Therefore, we propose that the UCSB Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises, should cancel the no rolling over policy.

Under the “no rolling over” policy, students are “forced” to finish their meal plans within a week; otherwise, the remaining swipes will be cleared before the next Monday. As this quarter’s first day of instruction was September 26th, plenty of students had not come to the campus on September 23rd (Monday), when the first week’s meal plan became effective. Some students who purchased meal plans, which are 14 or 17 meals/wk, were barely able to finish their first week’s meal plan after they arrived at UCSB. It is a waste of money. Also, when there comes a holiday (like Thanksgiving), dining commons will only offer 2 meals a day on holiday (other than 3 meals/day on weekdays). This means students have fewer opportunities to finish their swipes at that week. If the swipes could be rolled over to the next week or even to the rest of the quarter, the possibility of wasting the meal plans will be decreased.

With an accumulated meal plan, students will have a total amount of swipes throughout a quarter. The number of swipes will be deducted from the total amount every time the student swipes. Thus, students will be able to arrange when to have meals at the dining commons based on their schedules without considering whether they will finish the weekly meal plans in advance or waste some swipes. Most importantly, students will save a lot of money on food.

We hope that the UCSB Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises will work out a new meal plan policy to resolve this concern.

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