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Commuters and Upperclassmen 2012 - 13 Meal Plans

Buy your Meal Plan Today!

Enjoy excellent value and maximum flexibility when dining on campus! Purchase a Meal Plan online via MySanDiego portal (My Personal Info tab).

For all Meal Plan Questions, please contact: Campus Card Services (619) 260-5999

Note: The information on this page is for commuters, students who are third or fourth year residents, graduate and law school students. (First year and second year residents can find meal plan information here). Before selecting your plan, carefully review the information below, and the Meal Plan Policies (also stated within the portal Meal Plan channel and housing contracts).

 

Meal Plan FAQ's for Commuters and Upperclassmen

How to Choose and Purchase a Meal Plan

Q1:  What Meal Plans are available?

Q2:  How do I purchase a Meal Plan?

How the Meal Plan Works

Q3:  How does my Meal Plan work?

Q4:  Where and how may I dine with my Meal Plan?

Q5:  How may I use my Dining Dollars?

Q5a. Can I convert unused meals or Dining Dollars to CampusCash?

Q6:  How may I use my CampusCash?

Q7:  What if I use all my meals before the end of the semester?

Q8:  What happens to my unused meals at the end of the semester?

Q9:  May I use my friend's Meal Plan or let a friend use mine?

Q10:  Are there guest meals?

Q11:  How do I change my Meal Plan?

When a Meal Plan May Be Used

Q12:  When are my meals active? Can I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

Q13:  May I purchase a Meal Plan for intersession or summer session?

Q14:  Are there any restrictions on when I may use my meals?

Q15:  Do I have to have a Meal Plan?

About Your Torero (ID) Card

Q16:  What if I forget my Torero Card?

Q17:  What happens if I lose my Torero Card?

General Information

Q18:  If I need help or have any Meal Plan concerns, who do I contact?

Q19: As a student, do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?


 

Q1: What Meal Plans are available?

All students are given a variety of Meal Plan options designed to fit individual eating habits and every busy academic schedule.

FALL 2012 - SPRING 2013

TORERO MEAL PLAN OPTIONS FOR COMMUTERS & UPPERCLASSMEN
PLAN PER SEMESTER New! Meal Equivalencies per Semester Guest Meals per Semester Dining Dollars Cost per Semester
Torero 135
65
70
6
$1,018.40
Best Value! $2,201
Torero 120
60
60
5
$915.60
$1,980
Torero 105
55
50
4
$703.95
$1,650
Torero 75
40
35
3
$553.25
$1,238
Torero 45
25
20
2
$397.50
$825
Torero 30
15
15
1
$207.90
$507
Basic 20
20
0
0
-
$210

 

Q2: How do I select and purchase a Meal Plan?

Current students may select the plan of their choice online via the MySanDiego portal (look for the "My Meal Plan" channel within the following tabs:

New Students:
Graduate Students – Grad Life tab
Law School Students – Welcome tab (new student)

Continuing Students:
Undergraduates – Student Life tab and My Personal Info tab
Graduate Students – Grad Life tab and My Personal Info tab
Law School Students - My Personal Info Tab

New Students:

  • Once you are accepted to the university and have received your Torero ID #, you may select your Meal Plan online via MySanDiego portal.
  • During 'Torero Days' orientation, new students will receive their Torero ID card when they check in to their residence hall. Commuters may pick up their card at Campus Card Services, University Center 127.
  • Your Torero ID card will also serve as your Meal Plan card and will be swiped accordingly at the register each time you pay with your plan.

Q3: How does my Meal Plan work?

In order to use your Meal Plan, you must present your Torero (ID) Card. A scanner reads your card's magnetic strip and deducts one meal from your plan.  The terminal will then display how many meals you have remaining for the semester.

Without your card, you must use another form of payment (Cash, Visa or MasterCard).

Q4: Where and how may I dine with my Meal Plan?

MEALS
Meal Plan
'meals' may only be used at Pavilion Dining (main floor of the Student Life Pavilion) for "unlimited access" brunch (Saturday & Sunday) and dinner (Monday-Sunday).

NEW! MEAL EQUIVALENCIES
Most plans now include "meal equivalencies". Here is how they work:
The meal equivalency has a value of $8 and may be used once each day during dinner hours (Monday through Sunday 4:30 – 9 p.m.) and brunch hours only (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m) at any open retail dining location.

Retail dining locations that accept the meal equivalency include; Aromas, Bert’s Bistro, Frank's, La Gran Terraza/O'Toole's, L’atelier (within Tu Mercado), La Paloma, Torero Tu Go (food truck) and Missions Cafe.

When using your meal equivalency, the maximum value is $8. For example: if your check comes to $6.75, one meal equivalency will be deducted from your plan. The difference will not be refunded or carried over. If your check is over $8 you may pay the difference with Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard. You may only use one meal equivalency during the dinner (or brunch) timeframe.

You may also use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for entrance to Pavilion Dining's unlimited access dinner and brunch at the rate of $13.65. Keep in mind, when paying with a 'meal' you could be saving over $5 off the door price! Unlimited access means you swipe one meal (or pay the door price) and can return for seconds and more during the meal timeframe.

A la carte prices do apply for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday in Pavilion Dining. You may use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for a la carte items.

Campus Dining Locations:

Choose from an array of enticing menus. Whether it is early morning or late at night, a campus dining location is open to serve you. All locations have indoor and outdoor seating and WiFi.

  • For dining in most retail locations you may use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, Cash, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Current hours of operation schedules are posted online on the 'Hours' page.

Q5: How may I use my Dining Dollars?

  • Dining Dollars work just like cash and can be used at a variety of campus retail locations: Aromas, Bert's Bistro, Frank's, L'atelier* (within Tu Mercado), La Paloma, Missions Cafe, Pavilion Dining, Torero Tu Go (food truck), La Gran Terraza* and JCP Concessions.
  • Unlike meals, unused Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester.
  • Dining Dollars expire at the end of the spring semester on the last day of undergraduate finals.
  • Students not participating in a meal plan in the spring semester will forfeit all remaining fall Dining Dollars at the conclusion of the fall semester and/or as soon as they cancel their Meal Plan.
            • Dining Dollars may be used to purchase food and beverage from most campus retail locations (exceptions apply*) including;

                • Food & Beverages Made to Order
                • "Tu Go" and USD Branded Foods
                • Whole Fruits
                • Fresh Vegetables
                • Snack Items
                • Grab & Go Sushi
                • Fountain Beverages (and bottles/cans 1 liter in size or smaller)

                  *Dining Dollars may not be used to purchase:

                      Grocery Items, Non-food Merchandise, Bulk Candy, Alcohol

                      Q5a. Can I convert unused meals or Dining Dollars to CampusCash?

                      No. Unused meals and Dining Dollars may not be converted to CampusCash (or cash or a credit) at any time. The last day for upperclassmen/commuters (juniors, seniors, grad and law) to cancel or decrease a plan is: (fall semester) 9/18/12, (spring semester) 2/8/13.


                      Q6: How may I use my CampusCash?

                      CampusCash is similar to a debit card. Money can be put on your CampusCash account online at campuscash.sandiego.edu where you can even set up a guest account so a parent can make a deposit; in person at the Campus Card Services office; or at the cash terminal on campus in Olin Hall.

                      CampusCash, may be used in most campus locations, including; all dining, vending, JCP concessions, retail, Tu Mercado, Torero Tu Go (food truck), USD Torero Store, Health Center, and several off-campus retailers. For a complete list of places that accept CampusCash visit the Campus Card website.

                      CampusCash is non-refundable. The only exception is if you are graduating, or withdrawing, from the university. Your CampusCash will then expire 90 days after your graduation, or withdrawal, date. If you have a balance in your account you will need to go to the Campus Card office to request a refund within the 90-day time frame.

                      For additional terms please visit the CampusCash site.

                      Q7: How may I use my CampusCash? What if I use all my meals before the end of the semester?

                      If you run out of meals, you may purchase a new Meal Plan, use cash, or purchase CampusCash or Dining Dollars any time throughout the year.

                      Add a Meal Plan and/or Dining Dollars to your card via the MySanDiego portal or at Campus Card Services UC-127.

                      Add CampusCash to your card at any time via the Campus Cash site.

                      Q8: What happens to my unused meals at the end of the semester?

                      There are no refunds for unused meals, and meals do not carry over from semester to semester. In order to maintain the low Meal Plan cost, your unused meals are forfeited at the end of each semester. (Forecasted unused meals are factored into the original cost of the Meal Plan). USD Dining Services has the lowest Meal Plan rates out of the majority of the university's peer schools.

                      Q9: May I use my friend's Meal Plan or let a friend use mine?

                      No, for your protection Meal Plans are non-transferable. The Meal Plan is only for the student to whom it was issued, and use by anyone else may result in a fine. Meal plans may not be resold, assigned, or transferred to anyone else under any condition.

                      Q10: Are there guest meals?

                      Guest meals are complimentary and vary depending on which Meal Plan you have. See the chart above for number of meals per plan. To use a guest meal, simply tell the cashier you would like to do so and when your card is swiped a guest meal will be deducted from your plan. Guest meals have the same policies as regular meals (they do not carry over from semester to semester, etc).

                      Q11: How do I change my Meal Plan?

                      Increase (or Purchase) a Plan

                      Once a plan is purchased for the 2012-13 year, that will be your plan for the fall and spring semesters. You will be automatically assigned the same Meal Plan that you have in the fall, for the spring semester, unless you cancel your plan within the first ten class days of the fall semester.

                      Plans may be purchased/changed via MySanDiego within the My Personal Info tab.

                      • Students may increase their Meal Plan at any time during the semester.
                      • Dining Dollars and CampusCash may be purchased at any time during the semester.
                      • Students who do not currently have a Meal Plan may purchase a plan at any time during the semester.

                      Cancel a Plan

                      All Meal Plan changes, including cancellations, must be made online via the MySanDiego portal.

                      Commuters and upperclassmen may decrease or cancel a plan during the first two weeks of the undergraduate semester. After that time frame there will be no changes or cancellations allowed.

                      Last day for commuters and upperclassmen to cancel or decrease a plan:

                      Fall semester deadline: 9/18/12 ~ Spring semester deadline: 2/8/13

                      Through the date of the meal plan change deadline (9/18/12 fall, 2/8/13 spring), if you have not used any of your meal plan (i.e. you have not used any meals and you have not used any Dining Dollars) you will receive a 100% refund.

                      Any fall semester Dining Dollars that were rolled over to the spring semester are non-refundable if you cancel your spring Meal Plan. Through the date of the meal plan change deadline (9/18/12 fall, 2/8/13 spring) if you have used some of your plan (i.e. you have used any meals or any Dining Dollars) you will receive a partial refund for the meals and/or Dining Dollars you have not used or spent.

                  Q12: When are my Meal Plans active? Can I use my Meal Plan during holiday breaks?

                  Meal Plans will be available when USD is in regular undergraduate session for the fall and spring semesters.

                  • The first meal of each semester, and following vacation breaks, will begin with dinner the night before the first day of undergraduate classes (9/18/12 fall and 2/8/13 spring).
                • Law School Students: Your meals will begin on the first day of Law School classes for the fall and spring semesters.
                • The last meal of each semester, and preceding vacation breaks, will be brunch on the last day of undergraduate exams (dinner 12/21/12 for fall and dinner 5/22/13 for spring).
                • No meal plans will be accepted during Thanksgiving, Christmas, intersession, Easter or spring vacation breaks.
                • Note: Those who do not cancel their meal plan during the fall semester will automatically be assigned the same plan at the start of the spring semester.

                Q13: May I purchase a Meal Plan for intersession or summer session?

                You may have a Meal Plan account for fall and spring semesters. There are no Meal Plan accounts for intersession or for summer courses. You may use cash, CampusCash, Visa or MasterCard for purchasing food during these times.

                Q14: Are there any restrictions on when or how I may use my meals?

                You may use one unlimited access meal during dinner hours (Monday through Sunday 4:30 - 9 p.m.) and/or brunch hours only (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Pavilion Dining. Your meals will expire at the end of each semester on the last day of finals. See question 4 for additional details regarding equivalencies.

                • Meal Plan 'meals' may only be used at Pavilion Dining for "unlimited access" brunch (Saturday & Sunday) and dinner (Monday-Sunday).
                • You may also use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for entrance to dinner and brunch at the rate of $13.65. Keep in mind, when paying with a 'meal' you could be saving over $5 off this price.
                • A la carte prices will apply for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday in Pavilion Dining. You may use Dining Dollars, CampusCash, cash, Visa or MasterCard to pay for a la carte items.

                Q15: Do I have to have a Meal Plan?

                Upperclassmen (third and fourth year residents, graduate and law students) and commuters are not required to have a Meal Plan. (First year and second year residents are required to have a Meal Plan).

                Q16: What if I forget my Torero ID Card?

                You must present your card every time you use the dining facilities. No exceptions.

                • A student's Torero Card, the official USD identification card, will be activated with the applicable Meal Plan information and will serve as the Meal Plan card.
                • The Meal Plan is for the exclusive use of the cardholder.
                • A Meal Plan may not be resold, assigned, transferred, or used by anyone else under any condition.  Use by anyone else may result in a fine.

                Q17: What happens if I lose my Torero Card?

                For your protection, if you lose your ID card you must report it within 24 hours to Campus Card Services. Contact their office by phone at (619) 260-5999, or x5999, report it in person at their office, or on their web page. If you do not report the loss of your card within 24 hours, you will be liable for any meals used and charges accrued, up until the time the card is reported missing. New ID cards can be purchased at Campus Card Services for a fee.

                Q18: If I need help or have any dining concerns, who do I contact ?

                Management staff is always available in our campus restaurants, so don't hesitate to ask for a manager or supervisor. You may also call the Dining Services executive office at (619) 260-8880, or fill out a comment card in any of our dining areas or online. For Meal Plan questions please call Campus Card Services directly (619) 260-5999.

                Q19: As a student, do I pay tax on food and beverage purchases?

                If you show your official, valid, student ID Card to the cashier you will not be charged tax on food and beverage purchases. Your ID Card must designate you as a current USD student.

                Additional Campus Dining Policies

                Students shall be responsible for complying with all applicable Dining Services policies, including but not limited to the following:

                • Theft in any dining area (of food, utensils, supplies or other university property) is strictly prohibited.
                • Attempting to enter dining facilities other than at designated points is prohibited.
                • Throwing of any object within a dining facility is prohibited.

                Violation of an applicable Dining Services policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.  Where the circumstances warrant, a student's dining privileges may be revoked when a Dining Services policy is violated.  The student will not be entitled to a decrease or refund of any portion of the fee paid for the Meal Plan when the student's dining privileges are suspended or revoked.

                Meal Plan questions should be directed to Campus Card Services: (619) 260-5999 or ext. 5999