St. John's University Meal Plan Terms of Use

By participating in a Saint John’s University meal plan, you are agreeing to these terms of use.  Terms of use may be amended at any time at the discretion of Saint John’s University.



  • You agree to pay the meal plan rate as approved by Saint John’s University and the board of trustees.  You are responsible for the entire cost of the meal plan even if no meals are eaten or no features of the plan are used.  Failure to utilize the meal plan does not relieve the student of the obligation to pay for it.
  • Your rate is determined by the plan you select.  The agreement for meal plan service is for the entire academic year, billed in two equal installments at the start of each semester.
  • The university reserves the right to make necessary changes in rates by giving a 30-day advance notice.  Changes will be dependent on a change in the academic year schedule and/or break schedule, and/or other extenuating circumstances.
  • As the plan participant, you agree that the meal plan is to be used for and by you, except for guest passes.



  • Meal plans include service for the fall semester and spring semester. Summer service is available for an additional cost. Meal passes are inactive during winter break, but dining bucks may be used to purchase individual meals in the Refectory.

Meal plan service for Fall Semester 2023 will be provided as follows:

Meal Plan Dates

The rate for a Continuous meal plan will be adjusted on a prorated basis when a student purchases a meal plan later than the tenth (10th) day of classes. Rates for block plans are not adjusted regardless of when the plan is purchased.



  • All students living in campus housing are preassigned a meal plan based on their housing assignment.
    • Students living in traditional residence halls (Benet; Bernard; Boniface; Gregg House; Joseph; Mary; Patrick; Thomas) are required to be on either the Continuous or Block 200 plan and are automatically assigned the Continuous plan.  The Continuous plan may be changed to the Block 200 plan.  This requirement also applies to upper division students, regardless of the reason why they are assigned to this housing.
    • Students living in on-campus apartments and other housing with university-provided kitchens inside the individual unit (Benet [ground floor only], Emmaus, Flynntown Apartments, Frank, Marimon, Maur, Metten, Placid, Seton, Vincent, Virgil Michel, Yellow Thole) are automatically assigned the Apartment 80 plan.  The Apartment 80 plan may be changed to any other plan or no plan.
  • Students living in off-campus housing or at home are encouraged to participate in a meal plan and may opt to purchase any plan or no plan.
  • Non-occupancy of required residential housing does not exempt a student from the meal plan.
  • See Meal Plan Changes section for information on dates and how to change meal plans.


Meal plan changes

  • Meal plans may be changed to a smaller plan once each semester prior to the end of the tenth (10th) day of classes and will result in a billing adjustment, as applicable.
  • Meal plans may be changed to a larger plan at any time and will result in a billing adjustment as applicable.
  • If a student starts the semester with a Block 200, Apartment 80, or Apartment 30 meal plan and later upgrades to a Continuous plan, he will be charged for the percentage of meal passes used before the meal pass availability date.
  • To change a meal plan, please fill out a Meal Plan Change Form.  If you need assistance, please contact the Dining Service and Events office on the first floor of Wimmer Hall or by phone at 320-363-3487.


Meal plan cancellations

  • Students living at home, in off-campus housing, or in-residence halls where meal plans are optional may cancel their meal plan prior to the end of the tenth (10th) day of classes. They will be billed for all Dining Bucks and guest passes used prior to the cancellation, plus a prorated weekly rate for a Continuous plan or the actual number of meals used for a Block 200, Apartment 80, or Apartment 30 plan.
  • If your residence hall contract is cancelled, your meal plan will be cancelled effective on the date provided by Residential Life.
  • Cancellations will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • To cancel a meal plan, complete the Meal Plan Change Form.  Note that once the deadline to cancel meal plans has passed, the form will be inactive.


Meal passes

  • Meal passes provide access to The Refectory at Saint John’s University or Gorecki Center at College of Saint Benedict. Meals at these locations are served buffet-style and are all-you-care-to-eat during a single visit while dining in the facility.
  • Meal passes for the Block 200, Apartment 80, and Apartment 30 are added to meal plans at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.
  • Continuous meal plans may be used once per hour.


Dining bucks

  • Dining bucks are prepaid declining balance funds included with meal plans that can be used to purchase additional meals at The Refectory at SJU or Gorecki Center at CSB, or for a la carte purchases of food and nonalcoholic beverages at Sexton Commons, Brother Willie’s Pub, and The Schu at SJU, and Good 2 Go, McGlynn’s Sports Café, and Clemens Perk at CSB.
  • Additional Dining bucks may be added through the GET app, online, or in the Dining Services office.
  • Dining bucks are added to meal plans in equal amounts at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.


Guest passes

  • Continuous meal plans include four guest passes per semester, which may be used to bring a guest into The Refectory or Gorecki Center.  Apartment 80 and Apartment 30 meal passes may be used for guests.
  • The meal plan participant must be present when using a meal pass as a guest pass.


Retail meal exchanges

  • Retail meal exchanges are designated meal combinations at Sexton Commons or McGlynn’s that may be obtained using a meal pass.


Refunds & credits

  • Except as noted under Meal Plan Cancellations, refunds or credits will not be given for meals not eaten, whether during or at the end of a semester or academic year, except in cases of prolonged illness or other extraordinary and unavoidable absences in excess of seven (7) consecutive calendar days, assuming the student returns to campus after the absence.  Please contact the Dining Services office to inquire.  Documentation will be required.
  • Refunds for cancelled or changed meal plans will be subject to the Student Accounts refund schedule or actual usage, whichever is greater.
  • Low usage or no usage of a meal plan are not considered as a basis for a refund.
  • Students will not be relieved of the obligation to pay for the meal plan because they do not use any part or feature of the plan.
  • Meals missed because of late move-in, specific diets, religious beliefs and activities, employment, or classes scheduled during meal service hours are not refundable.


Meal plans and ID card usage

  • Meal plan participants must present their Saint John’s ID card for admission into The Refectory or Gorecki Center, for purchases in retail dining facilities, or when requested by an SJU or CSB staff member.  The person using the ID card must be the person whose photo appears on it.
  • If a card is presented for use by someone other than the person pictured on the card or if use of a meal pass results in an alert that the card is invalid or was reported lost, the card will be retained by the cashier and turned in to SJU Life Safety.  Fraudulent use of another person’s card may result in student conduct charges.
  • To protect the safety of meal plans, all accounts must be accessed by the cashier scanning the card, not by keying in the account or card number.
  • Meal plans, including meal passes, dining bucks, and guest passes, are not sharable with, transferable to, or saleable to other individuals.
  • Meal passes, dining bucks, and guest passes provided with each meal plan expire at the end of each semester.  No meal passes, dining bucks, or guest passes will be refunded.
  • All purchases made at retail dining locations (Sexton Dining, McGlynn’s, The Schu, Clemens Perk) with dining bucks are at regular retail prices.


Health and safety

  • As in any community setting, dining on campus has many individuals in close proximity to one another.  Saint John’s Dining and Events will implement reasonable public health and safety measures regarding infectious disease as recommended by the applicable public health agencies.  SJU Dining and Events encourages its guests and visitors to follow recommended public health guidelines, but cannot control individual behavior.  Hence, Saint John’s University is not and will not be liable for any public health threat to which students or visitors may be exposed, including but not limited to the transmission of any infectious disease such as COVID-19.
  • Students and other guests are expected to follow the health and safety measures implemented by the university during a public health crisis.  These measures may be subject to modification as public health guidance changes.
  • SJU Dining and Events does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food/drink consumed, the presence of a foreign body in food or drink, or items with which one may come into contact while eating, drinking, or purchasing items at any dining operation.


Dietary needs and restrictions

  • Dining center menus satisfy nutritional needs for most medical dietary requirements and faith-based or lifestyle dietary practices.  Dining staff and/or the administrative Registered Dietitian are available to work with meal plan participants to meet specific dietary needs.
  • Students with special dietary needs will be released from a required meal plan only if, in the sole opinion and discretion of SJU Dining’s Registered Dietitian, their special dietary needs cannot be met.  Documentation from medical, behavioral health, or other professionals may be required.


Meal plan exemptions

  • Requests to be exempted from a meal plan for reasons other than medical dietary requirements and/or faith-based or lifestyle dietary practices will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances by the Executive Director of Dining and Events in consultation with Student Accessibility Services or other university officials.  Documentation from medical, behavioral health, or other professionals may be required.


Lost, damaged, and temporary ID cards

  • To protect your meal plan and Dining bucks, report lost cards immediately to Life Safety.
    Temporary meal passes may be purchased at the Dining Services office.  Proof of identification will be required.
  • Do not punch holes in your SJU ID, as it can cause the card to crack or break.  Meal plan participants with broken, bent, cracked, or taped cards may be required to replace them to prevent damage to electronic equipment.  Replacements may be obtained at Life Safety.


Sick meals

  • Students with meal plans and living on-campus may obtain a carryout meal if sick, confined to their residence hall room, or otherwise unable to come to the Refectory due to injury or illness.  Contact your Faculty Resident or Resident Assistant to use this service.


Dining facilities conduct

  • Shoes and shirts are required in all Dining locations.
  • Rollerblades®, skateboards, personal portable scooters, and other recreational wheeled transportation devices are not permitted to be used in Dining locations.
  • Please take only what you can eat and do not waste food. Food waste is a major environmental issue and increases costs for all meal plan participants.
  • Please clear your dishes to the dish conveyor belt before you leave. Dispose of trash appropriately.
  • Food, beverages, dinnerware, and flatware are not to be taken out of the facility.
  • Dining Service and Events management staff reserve the right to ask for identification and student cooperation at any time, and to modify conduct expectations at any time, temporarily or permanently.
  • Entering the Refectory without authorization violates student conduct guidelines and may be referred for disciplinary action.


Meal service termination

  • In the event all or a portion of the university dining system and/or supply chain becomes unavailable as determined by the university, due to unforeseeable circumstances including, but not limited to, natural disaster; fire; flood; tornado; war; embargo; health epidemic or pandemic; quarantine; riots; civil disobedience/unrest; strikes, lockouts, or other labor disturbances; acts of nature; or declaration of emergency, SJU Dining and Events may terminate this agreement without prior notice.
  • SJU Dining and Events is not responsible for providing alternative dining to students once the agreement is terminated.
  • Credits or refunds for unused meal plan features or components may be issued at the university’s discretion.