2014-2015 Terms and Conditions of RIT Dining Plans

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General Terms and Conditions

By signing up for an RIT dining plan, the account holder agrees to abide by all policies, rules, regulations, and procedures of RIT Dining Services. The terms and conditions of RIT dining plans begins when the account holder’s dining plan account is opened by RIT Dining Services and ends when canceled by either RIT Dining Services or the account holder, or at the end of the spring semester, unless the account holder notifies RIT Dining Services that they will attend summer classes. These accounts will be closed at the conclusion of summer classes.

RIT dining plans, meal options, debit, and Tiger Bucks are placed on your RIT ID card. Dining accounts are non-transferable and an RIT ID card will be confiscated if used by an unauthorized individual. Each student is responsible for safeguarding his/her RIT ID card. Should a card become lost, either accidentally or by theft, RIT and RIT Dining Services assume no responsibility for unauthorized purchases from the account prior to notifying RIT Dining Services of the loss. To report a lost/stolen card, account holders should contact RIT Dining Services at 585-475-5228 or in-person at the Dining Services Office located in the Student Alumni Union (SAU), room A410 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. RIT Public Safety may also be notified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 585-475-2853. Upon notification of a lost/stolen card, RIT Dining Services or RIT Public Safety will deactivate the card, preventing its future use. Account holders are responsible for any usage on the card up until the time it was reported lost/stolen. Cards must be replaced to maintain access and service and a replacement card may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office. Replacement cards will be made in accordance with current policies regarding card replacement and the resident will be responsible for any replacement fees.

Mandatory Plans

Dining Services plan participation is mandatory for all students assigned to RIT residence halls, including Greek houses and free-standing with supplemental kitchens, and the RIT Inn & Conference Center.

Upon signing an RIT housing contract, a student’s dining account is opened and the account holder is immediately responsible for all meals/debit used and posted against his/her account. Greek houses in residence halls and Greek free-standing with supplemental kitchens must participate in either a Greek debit option or any other RIT dining plan. RIT Dining Services will deduct meal or food item purchases from the dining plan. An account holder will not be required to pay 8% sales tax. Some non-food items are exempt from all discounting and require the collection of sales tax. The purchase of all non-food items, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products with a debit account is prohibited.

The meal plan week begins with Monday breakfast and ends with Sunday dinner. Unused weekly meals are not refundable and non-transferable and cannot be used during breaks. The debit portion of a meal plan ends with the last meal of each semester; however, upon notification RIT Dining Services will activate the following semester’s debit account early so it may be used during the break in select dining service areas and vending machines. The meal portion of a meal plan cannot be used during university break periods.

Food Debit Plans

Students may sign up for a debit plan at the dining portal. Account holders will have that semester's debit selection deposited into his/her account. With the purchase of a dining plan the following semester, RIT Dining Services agrees to roll-over the unused balance until the end of the academic year as follows:

Any-Plus and All Debit Plans

100% of the unused portion of the debit plan balance and 100% of debit voluntarily deposited will be rolled over at the end of fall semester. Any unused balance at the end of spring semester is forfeited.

Debit Plans 1, 2, and 3

100% of the unused portion of the debit plan balance and 100% of debit voluntarily deposited will be rolled over at the end of fall semester. Any unused balance at the end of spring semester is forfeited.

Debit balances cannot be transferred to a Tiger Bucks account. Tiger Bucks is a separate declining balance, taxable debit program used to purchase food and non-food items in other campus retail outlets.

Changes to Dining Plans

Changes to dining plans may only be made during the first week of each academic semester (fall and spring) until 4:30 p.m. the Friday of that week. Changes to meal plans must be made online at mydining.rit.edu.

Dining plans follow the official university calendar. The first meal of each semester is lunch/brunch the day before classes begin. The last meal is dinner on the last day of exams, unless otherwise posted. Summer term starts with breakfast on the first day of classes.

Deposits and Balance Verification

Visa and MasterCard deposits may be made anytime online at eservices.rit.edu. Cash, debit, check, and Visa/MasterCard deposits may be made in-person at Student Financial Services, located in the University Services Center (USC), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students may verify an account balance anytime online at eservices.rit.edu or with RIT Dining Services, a cashier at any dining location, the RIT Inn, and Student Financial Services. Student accounts cannot be billed and must be paid in advance with cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.

Mandatory meal plans

A refund of unused meals/debit cannot be refunded unless a student is officially released from the residence halls or the RIT Inn either through 1) withdrawal from the university (graduation does not constitute withdrawal) or 2) academic or disciplinary dismissal. When released from the residence halls or the RIT Inn, the account holder may receive a partial refund on his/her dining plan in accordance with the refund schedule (see below).

Debit plans

If released by RIT, the account holder may receive a partial refund on his/her dining plan in accordance with the refund schedule (see below).

Debit voluntarily deposited

A refund of unused debit voluntarily deposited into the account is only available if the account holder 1) withdraws from the university (graduation does not constitute withdrawal); or 2) incurs an academic or disciplinary dismissal. The account holder may receive a partial refund on his/her dining plan in accordance with the refund schedule (see below).

Refund Schedule

Weeks 1–7

75% of the unused meal/debit charges are refunded.

Weeks 8-14

50% of the unused meal/debit charges are refunded.

Weeks 14-16

There will be no refund.

Any unused balance at the end of the spring semester is forfeited. Refunds will be applied to the account at Student Financial Services.