FAQ: Why Can’t Meal Plans Be Used on Holidays?

Posted: March 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This frequently asked questions column appears in the Daily Gazette every Tuesday. All questions originate from the green comment boxes located throughout the university, or are items brought to the attention of the Quality of Work Life Committee. Answers are supplied by the appropriate academic unit, department, or office. One question is answered per week.

Q: Students should be able to use their meal plans on holidays, spring break, and winter break. I understand that most students don’t stay on campus during the holidays, but what about those who must live on campus during these breaks? We should not have to suffer.

A: George Mason has struggled mightily with the issue of meal plans that would stay in service during breaks. The current weekly plans are priced for a fixed number of serving days for each semester. The serving days do not include Thanksgiving break, winter break, or spring break. That is why the number of meals is prorated during partial weeks, with the week being defined as starting on Friday morning and ending Thursday night.

We find it unconscionable to price meal plans to include all breaks when the vast majority of students are not on campus during the breaks. As an alternative, we have made Mason Money (a sales-tax-exempt debit plan) available for those students who want a purchasing plan on a voluntary basis. Mason Money is also available to faculty and staff.–Peter Mohle, director of the All-University Card Office, x32870.

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