SPEAKER 1: We'll be presenting information about Cornell's award-winning dining program. All dining meal plans are for a full academic year. You'll be automatically enrolled in the spring semester for the meal plan you had during the fall semester. Students living on North Campus and in College Town are not required to be on a dining meal plan. Students living in the West Campus House System are required to be on the house dining meal plan.
SPEAKER 2: Meal plan weeks run from Thursday to Wednesday. So, for example, if you have the bare traditional meal plan with 14 meals per week, your 14 meals count down as you use them from Thursday through Wednesday and start over at 14 on the following Thursday. Meal swipes do not roll over from one week to the next. If you don't use them, you lose them. Any changes you make to your meal plan take effect the following Thursday.
SPEAKER 1: Cancellations must be made by the published deadlines. Exceptions are only made if you are leaving the university. At the beginning of the fall semester, visit dining.cornell.edu for the last day in September to cancel or reduce your meal plan. If you leave the university for a leave of absence, withdrawal, study abroad, graduation, internship, et cetera, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help canceling your meal plan as soon as you know when you're leaving. Don't wait until weeks after you're gone.
If you have only enrolled in a spring semester meal plan, you can cancel prior to the February deadline by contacting email@example.com or stopping by 206 Robert Purcell Community Center Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Credit for a canceled or reduced to meal plan is assessed on a weekly pro-rated amount based on the number of weeks you were in the plan. Credit will be applied to the student's bursar account within seven to 10 business days following the day of cancellation.
SPEAKER 2: You can enroll in a new meal plan or upgrade a meal plan at any time. Reductions to your meal plan must be made by the September deadline for the fall semester and by the February deadline for the spring semester. Dining credit for the remainder of your old meal plan will be applied based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester. Dining charges for the new meal plan you're switching to will be applied based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester. Cost adjustments or credits will be applied to your bursar account within seven to 10 business days following the date of the change.
If you join a fraternity and the Interfraternity Council system that requires you to purchase a house meal plan, you will have a brief window of time to reduce your Cornell Dining meal plan.
SPEAKER 1: Your meal plan gives you a certain number of meal swipes per week that count down as you use them from Thursday through Wednesday and reset to the full weekly count on Thursday. Your meal swipes work at any of the 10 All You Care to Eat dining rooms on campus. See the 104West! page for specific restrictions there. Meal swipes don't roll over from one week to the next. If you don't use them, you lose them. Any changes you make to your meal plan take place the next Thursday.
SPEAKER 2: If you're enrolled in the house meal plan, you have unlimited meal swipes in any of the five All You Care to Eat dining rooms in the West Campus houses plus 104West!, Cornell's multicultural dining room. You also have 50 meals per semester at any of the four other All You Care to Eat dining rooms that aren't part of the West Campus house system.
SPEAKER 1: Big Red Bucks are a dollar-for-dollar declining debit meal plan that you can use tax free. Big Red Bucks can be used at any of the 29 dining locations on campus, including the All You Care to Eat locations. See dining.cornell.edu/wheretoeat. Big Red Bucks can only be used to buy food for yourself. You cannot use them to buy food for others or non-food items at dining locations.
If you run out of Big Red Bucks, you can buy more at any time at dining.cornell.edu/account. Unlike meal swipes, unused Big Red Bucks carry over from fall semester to spring semester. Balances that remain at the end of the academic year in the spring are nonrefundable and nontransferable, so use them up throughout the year.
SPEAKER 2: The City Bucks program lets you purchase meals or grocery items at participating off-campus eateries and stores by swiping your Cornell ID card. You can activate your City Bucks account and add funds at any time at dining.cornell.edu/account.
SPEAKER 1: Cornell Dining and are selected vendors operate nearly 300 vending machines throughout campus to supplement our full-service eateries and convenience stores. Most of the vending machines now accept payment via credit card, Big Red Bucks, or meal choice funds using your Cornell ID card or, in some cases, contactless payment via Apple Pay or Google Wallet in addition to coins and bills.
SPEAKER 2: Washers and dryers are located within the residence halls. You will need to add funds to your laundry account to use the washers and dryers. Add funds at any time at dining.cornell.edu/account. Laundry funds will remain on your account from year to year as long as you remain in on-campus housing. Laundry funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable, so use them up if you're planning to move off campus in a future year. $25 is a good starting balance for your account. You can always add more. But remember that, if you move off campus, any remaining balance won't be refunded.
SPEAKER 1: We value our relationship with students and parents. Be in touch with us if you have questions, and our staff will be happy to help.
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This video contains information for new students and their families about dining on campus and laundry accounts. Learn about our meal plans, changing meal plans, Big Red Bucks, City Bucks, vending on campus, and how to add money to your laundry account.