Frequently asked questions
Am I required to purchase a Meal Plan as a Graduate Student residing on campus?
Yes, all students who reside on campus are required to purchase a meal plan.
However, Graduate Students have the option to choose this plan or one of the three Residential Meal Plan available to undergraduate Residents.
How does this plan work?
The 2021-2022 Graduate Resident Meal Plan provides the opportunity to visit DDC and purchase up to 11 meals per week, each week, Sunday- Saturday, for the designated period.
There are 21 meal periods (opportunities) each week for one or more meals to be purchased, One to three meals can be purchased during any meal zone up to a total of 11 meals each week.
In addition, this plan includes a set amount of Flex Meal Points for the plan period which may be used in addition to and/or in lieu of using a meal.
If I do not use a meal will it carry over to the next week?
Unused meals do not carry over to the next week. At the beginning of each week your meal balances are reset. We encourage Residents to plan their schedule accordingly so they may maximize their use of their meal plan.
Are accommodations available for special dietary needs?
Yes. We do assist Residents with special dietary needs. We provide gluten free and meatless options on a daily basis at both locations. We also support a number of Residents who are in need of special diets for medical reasons. Dining Services also offers dietary, nutritional, and related consultations with our Resident Dietitian, Bethany Tucker, R.D., LDN (401) 456-8477 free of charge.
Where can I use my meals?
All meals must be used in the Donovan Dining Center. A variety of offerings will be available during the times listed for each meal period.
Where can I use my Flex Meal Points?
Flex Meal Points can be used in DDC or the Cafe during service hours and/or in vending machines on campus. Flex Points are a convenient way to purchase additional food and beverages for a late night snack or for when DDC is not open for service.
When can the Meal Plan be used?
This Meal Plan can be used seven days per week in the Donovan Dining Center.
What do I do if I must miss a meal because of my schedule?
This plan allows you to choose any 5 of the 21 meals offered per week which should eliminate unused meals.
If I do not use my Flex Points by the end of the semester will they carry over or may I get a refund?
Flex Points do not carry over at the end of the semester plan period and refunds are not available. We encourage Residents to plan accordingly so they may maximize meal plan value. Residents who have difficulties fully utilizing their plan are encouraged to contact Dining Services DiningServices@RIC.EDU.