- ¨Dining Center Access/Meals¨Includes access to Ekdahl Dining Commons (Mrs. E´s), Oliver Dining Center, and North College Cafe Dining Center for meals or snacks. Also can be used for Cuisine To Go at The Studio (Hashinger Hall), O´zone (Oliver Hall) or North College Cafe Dining Center.
- ¨Bring A Friend¨ Meals:Assigned to the KU Card and can be used at the all-you-care-to-eat Dining Centers to host friends or family. Bring A Friend meals do not deduct from the total Dining Center Meals. Inform the cashier that you wish to use a Bring A Friend meal before your KU Card is run through at the register.
- ¨KU Cuisine Cash¨: Use at all 22 locations on campus and for Domino´s and Glory Days Pizza delivery. To view the campus locations click here.
The Blue Basic, and Campanile Apartment plans all have meals that reset every Monday morning.Meals do not roll over.
- Do you typically eat three meals daily (with snacks)?
- Will you be away from campus most weekends?
- Will you have a job that provides meals?
- Will you be involved in extracurricular activities (sorority/fraternity, sports, or band)?
- Do you plan to study on campus or in the residential dining centers?
Your responses determine the quantity of meals you would require through the year/semester. If you typically eat three meals a day and plan to study on campus, then the Jayhawk Unlimited $500 Plus Plan is your best value. If you plan to join a sorority/fraternity that also provides meals, you may want to select a plan that offers fewer meals.
There is a great deal that goes into providing student meals in three all-you-care-to eat dining centers on campus.We ask that you take into consideration the ¨big picture¨ of the overall meal plan cost.
To ensure that we are providing our guests with the most value, we:
- Research the latest consumer price index for food for the coming year
- Calculate our fiscal expenses
- Determine the total number of operating days for the academic year in order to establish the prices for each meal plan option offered
KU Dining is a not-for-profit 5013c organization and receives no funding from the State of Kansas. All revenues go directly back into dining programs and facilities. Here is the breakdown for those allotments:
- Food (all food and paper supplies):39%
- Human Resources (salaries, wages and benefits, including employee meals):37%
- General Expenses (utilities, uniforms, laundry, cleaning chemicals, telephone, office supplies, etc.):18%
- Reserves (facility and equipment repairs/renewals): 6%
That’s okay. KU Cuisine Dining Plans are available to any KU student. All you need is an active KU Card.
Look under the Dining link at the top of this site and view the drop down choices. If you need further clarification, please call KU Dining at 785-864-7274. For specific financial questions, please call the Department of Student Housing at 785-864-4560.
If you do not live in University housing, you may sign up for a KU Cuisine Dining Plan through the Department of Student Housing or select the KU Cuisine Dining Plans link for a printable dining meal plan form. It will be in the system 2-3 business days after you submit the application.
You may change your plan according to semester deadlines. Please visit the Department of Student Housing, located in the basement of Corbin Hall or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, KU online ID number and what plan you prefer. Please note ¨Dining Preference Change¨ in the subject line if making the request via e-mail. Fall semester deadline is August 31, 2012, 5:00 p.m. Spring semester deadline is February 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
You may check your KU Cuisine Cash on-line through the Kyou Portal under the Finances tab then click the drop down window for KU Card. It will show the past few days, but there is a “View card history” link that will give more options. For plans that have meal swipes, the balance can be given at the cashier’s station when the plan is used.
The Dining Center meals, Bring a Friend meals and Free Za Pizzas that remain at the end of the semester are forfeited.
The KU Cuisine Cash balance that remains at the end of Fall semester will roll over to spring semester with an active spring semester KU Cuisine Dining Plan. The other half of the KU Cuisine Cash will be added to the account at the beginning of Spring semester.
All Dining Center Meals, KU Cuisine Cash, Bring a Friend meals and free Za pizzas are forfeited at the end of the academic year.
You may add money to your KU Card in your Beak ‘Em Bucks account. Beak ‘Em Bucks is a declining balance account that is automatically set up for you when the KU Card is issued. In order to use Beak ‘Em Bucks, you need to add to the account. There are several options available: (1) on-line via the Kyou Portal at www.ku.edu under the “Finances” tab, (2) selecting it through Optional Campus Fees at www.ku.edu/~options, or (3) at a campus cash-to-card machine. Beak ‘Em Bucks can be used for food purchases, printing, photocopying, and laundry. For additional information, please contact the KU Card Center at (785) 864-5845 or email@example.com.
Blocks of 10 meals can be purchased at any time during each semester if you have one of the following active KU Cuisine Dining Plans: Crimson Flex $200, Basic Blue $100 or Campanile Apartment plans. You may email the Department of Student Housing using the subject line “Block of 10 Meals”. Please include your name, student online ID and specify what you want (example: 10 meals for $81 or 30 meals for $243). Your university account will then be billed for the meals. Meal block purchases are non-refundable, and all remaining meals will be forfeited at the end of the semester in which the block was purchased.
You may use a Bring A Friend meal, KU Cuisine Cash or pay the guest meal price. KU Cuisine Cash is not charged tax at the Residential Dining Centers (Mrs. E’s and Oliver Dining Center).
The University policy is that the KU Card is non-transferable; KU Cards cannot be loaned to another student. This includes the students’ dining plan. The Bring a Friend meal are included in the dining plan to provide opportunity to host a guest.
We ask that the student contact Sheryl Kidwell, Asst. Director for Residential Dining at 785-864-4627. Due to allergies, doctor’s orders, or religious reasons, a student may request a special diet and will require meeting with the dining manager to make appropriate accommodations. Special diets will be provided on an individual basis. We encourage students to contact the KU Disability Resources and register if allergies or intolerance is severe at 785-864-2620.
If your KU Card has been lost or stolen, it must be deactivated immediately online via the Kyou portal (Login -> “Finances” -> “Report your KU Card lost or stolen”), or by calling the Card Center at 785-864-5845 (during business hours). You may also go to the Card Center (M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm), located on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union, to deactivate your card. Please note that KU Dining Services is not liable for financial loss or criminal repercussions associated with lost, stolen, damaged or fraudulently used KU Cards.
Occasionally, students will move into the residence halls earlier than when they have had the opportunity to get their KU Card or get enrolled in classes. The meal plan contract begins on “move-in day”, so this is a temporary solution to allow students to eat in the Dining Centers locations.
Cashiers at any of the Dining Center locations (Ekdahl “Mrs. E’s” Dining Commons, Oliver Dining, and North College Cafe Dining) will issue a temporary card after verifying the student has a KU Cuisine Meal Plan. The student will sign a Temporary Card Form to document which card the student has been assigned.
We encourage students to resolve their card issues as quickly as possible.
- This card has been issued for the student’s convenience and is the student’s responsibility. Since there is no photo, please keep it in a secure location. If the card is lost or stolen, you must report it to the Dining Access Coordinator at 864-7274.
- The student will need to return the temporary card to a dining center cashier when the KU Card is activated or obtained.
- The temporary card will be deactivated the first of the month (September in the fall and February in the spring.)
- This card will substitute for the KU Card (dining center meals component only) until the KU Card is activated or obtained.
- The student must have the temporary card to enter a residential dining center and may be used for dining center meals at the Mrs. E’s and the Oliver and North College Cafe Dining Centers, or at The Studio at Hashinger Hall or O’zone at Oliver Hall for meal equivalency.
- The number of meals used on this card will be deducted from their KU Cuisine Meal Plan.
- This card carries the same rules and policies as the KU Card regarding meal plan use. Meals are non-transferable; you may not host guests with this card.
- The temporary card will not provide security access nor serve as your KU Card for any other campus activity.
Meal Pass Policy
Each meal pass will be written for two business days. This will allow you time to purchase a replacement KU Card. There will be a $5.00 charge for each meal pass.
To replace your KU Card, go to the KU Card Center, Kansas Union, Level 4, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Once you have purchased the replacement KU Card, the old one is invalidated by the KU Card Center and may no longer be used. There is a $15.00 replacement fee for the new card.
- Since the KU Card Center is open Monday through Friday, meal passes issued over the weekend will be written for extra days allowing the patron the two business days stated in the policy in which to obtain their replacement card.
- Possession of a meal pass does not guarantee the holder meals. Availability of meals is based on the holder’s current account balance.
- Just like the lost KU Card they replace, a meal pass must be presented to the Cashier in order to obtain meals. If a meal pass is not presented or is lost, then patron will be issued the next sequential meal pass.
- If you do not have your KU Card at the retail locations, you will need to use another form of payment.
- For Residential Dining Centers (Mrs. E’s, Oliver, Corbin, The Studio, and O’zone): Sheryl Kidwell, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For KU Memorial Union Retail Dining Café (The Underground, The Market, Crimson Cafe or Hawk Food Stops):Alecia Stultz, Assistant Director, email@example.com
- For Catering:Whitney Fox, Catering Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Impromptu Café: Kim Nixon, Impromptu Manager, email@example.com
In accordance with KU Student Records Policy, the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that students provide written authorization to the Bursar’s Office before we can release financial information to anyone. We understand that many parents, spouses, or other individuals pay or need to discuss charges on a student’s account. To assists students who want the Bursar’s Office to communicate with other individuals, the student must complete and deliver the Financial Information Release form to the Bursar’s Office. This form is available through this website www.bursar.ku.edu on the main page by selecting FORMS. The form is also available at the Bursar’s Office reception desk in Carruth O’Leary, Room 20.For general questions regarding KU Cuisine Dining Plan accounts, contact Karen Cross, Dining Access Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The card may not “work” if the KU Cuisine Dining Plan has not been credited to the account. Remember, there is a 2-3 business day processing time after the application is submitted until the KU Cuisine is activated. Or the card may not “work” if you have not enrolled for the semester.