Exemption Request

Students wishing to apply for an exemption should please read the appropriate information below prior to submitting a request.

meal plan | housing contract

Once a request has been submitted you will be contacted by The Director of Campus Life, Keith Edwards at regarding moving forward with the process.

Meal Plan Exemption

Policy:

A full meal plan is obligatory for each student who lives in college housing unless the space is designated otherwise. Only exemption requests for medically prescribed diets that cannot be accommodated in Café Mac will be considered. Academic class or employment schedules, finances or vegetarian/vegan/organic diets are not viable reasons for exemption to the meal plan. Food service personnel are amenable to discussing special provisions or substitutions to meet dietary requirements, scheduling conflicts or other individual needs. Therefore, before pursuing an exemption, it is expected that you will have identified why this is an issue, discussed the possibility of special provisions with Café Mac personnel, and then scheduled a meeting with the Director of Campus Life.

Are your dietary needs related to a medical issue or disability related accommodation? If you are requesting release from the residence hall meal plan requirement, you should be aware that dietary restrictions do not always constitute a valid reason for cancelling your meal plan contract. Bon Appetite, Macalester College’s meal provider, is committed to offering food options that meet the needs of students on special /restricted diets. Appropriate documentation would need to be submitted to the Associate Dean of Students, coordinator for disability services, that verifies the conditions or circumstances that prevent the student from eating on the meal plan. Guidelines can be found on the Office of Student Affairs website. In general, documentation must be current and written by someone who has the credentials, expertise, and experience with the specific disability and qualified to make a recommendation. Once all documentation has been received, requests will be evaluated by the Associate Dean of Students who will notify the student on the status of their request.

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Is your request non-disability and non-medical related? If you wish to petition to be released from the meal plan requirement for reasons other than medical or disability accomodation, you must submit a typewritten request to the Director of Campus Life.  Please include the following in your written request: your name, your current housing assignment, phone, and email address.  Include the following three components in your petition.  Only a complete petition will be reviewed.

  1. Your specific needs that cannot nor have not been met through the campus meal plan and/or how the meal plan poses a hardship for you.  Keep in mind that eating on campus presents financial obstacles for everyone (and their families) who attends Macalester College. It is your responsibility to prove the uniqueness of your situation and the difference between your current circumstances and those of the past that enabled you to participate in the meal plan on campus.
  2. How you have tried to meet your needs and/or resolve your hardship with the Café Mac staff?
  3. Your alternative plans for adequate nutrition and meals and how these plans will meet your needs and/or alleviate hardship.

The Director of Campus Life will review the petition to determine if your meal plan requirement with the college will be waived due to exceptional need, hardship, or extenuating circumstances. If your request is granted, Card Services will end your meal plan access and your student account will be charged the per day rate for each day you were on the meal plan during the semester you requested to cancel your meal plan plus an additional week. You will be notified in writing of the outcome. If the petition is denied, you may appeal the decision to the Contract Release Committee.

Housing Contract Exemption

Campus living is an integral part of the total educational experience at Macalester. Residential living provides students with a safe, convenient place to live and learn with a nutritious, reasonably priced meal program. By living on campus, students develop interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding in an atmosphere of mutual support for academic, cultural, and intellectual pursuits. Because of the educational importance of the residence life experience, Macalester College requires all first and second-year students to live on campus. A previous boarding school experience, such as the United World College, will not be considered an exception to the two-year (four consecutive semesters) residency requirement.

  • The two-year housing requirement will be waived for students who are: married and living with their spouse, a custodial parent, or at least 22 years old when accepted to Macalester. Students in these circumstances should apply for release from the housing requirement stating which exception applies to them.
  • Upperclass students who select housing and sign room and board contracts for the following academic year will not be released from housing unless they take a leave of absence or study abroad for the fall semester. Contracts will terminate at the end of the fall semester for students accepted to spring study abroad programs.
  • A student cannot transfer a housing contract to another student. At times when Residential Life has a housing waitlist for upperclass students, consideration of the petition will include whether or not a student from the housing waitlist can fill the space. If you are granted release from your housing contract, your vacancy will be filled by Residential Life, therefore, you should notify your roommates(s) of your intentions.
  • Release from housing contract does not mean a release from the meal plan. Exemption from the meal plan is a separate process.

 
Guidelines and Procedures for Petition:

Is your request related to a disability? Whether you have a physical, psychological, or cognitive disability, you must provide documentation that verifies your disability to the Associate Dean of Students who is responsible for coordinating services for students with disabilities. Guidelines for this documentation can be found on the Office of Student Affairs website.
In general, documentation must be current and written by someone who has the credentials, expertise, and experience with the specific disability. Following evaluation of the documentation you will be notified by the Associate Dean Students about the status of your accommodation request.

Is your request non-disability and not medical or psychologically related? If you wish to petition to be released from your housing contract or from the two-year residency requirement for reasons other than medical or psychological, you must submit a typewritten request to the Director of Campus Life. Please include the following in your written request: your name, your current housing assignment, phone, and email address.  Include the following three components in your petition. Only a complete petition will be reviewed.

  1. Your specific needs that cannot nor have not been met in a residence hall and/or how residential living poses a hardship for you. Keep in mind that living on campus presents lifestyle and financial obstacles for everyone (and their families) who attends Macalester College. It is your responsibility to prove the uniqueness of your situation and the difference between your current circumstances and those of the past that enabled you to live on campus.
  2. How you have tried to meet your needs and/or resolve your hardship within the residence life system and/or the Macalester community.  Have you discussed your situation with your Resident or Community Assistant or Residence Hall Director?  Have you considered other room options within the residence halls?
  3. Your alternative plans for residency and how these plans will meet your needs and/or alleviate hardship.

The Director of Campus Life will review the petition to determine if your contractual obligation with the college will be waived due to exceptional need, hardship, or extenuating circumstances. If your request is granted, Residential Life will assign the space to another student; therefore you should notify your roommate(s) of your request to cancel your contract; and your student account will be charged the per day rate ($19.88 for room and $17.82 for board) for each day you lived in campus housing during the semester you requested to cancel your contract plus an additional week. The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to uphold or waive all housing contracts. You will be notified in writing of the outcome.  If the petition is denied, you may appeal the decision to the Contract Release Committee.