Requirement for a Mandatory Residential Dining Plan (AP-01-301)

UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
Policy ID: AP-01-301
Effective: November 2, 1998
Revision: November 2011
Review: 3 years

Requirement for a Mandatory Residential Dining Plan

Maintained by: Provost
Approved by: Chancellor
Next Review Date: November 2014

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  1. It is the goal of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to provide a residential dining plan that will be nutritious, economical and convenient for student use.
  2. The residence halls on the River Falls campus were not designed to provide cooking facilities for all the residents in the halls. It is, therefore, the purpose of the University to provide a centralized dining facility with adequate facilities to feed all freshman and sophomore students residing in the residence halls.
  3. It is the purpose of the University to operate the dining hall facility in an efficient and solvent manner that will ensure financial resources to provide for debt service payments and maintenance to the facility and equipment.
  4. It is the goal of the University to provide a stable number of students on the residential dining plan to receive a cost effective bid from prospective food contract service companies.


The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process.
The VCAF is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy by writing to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.

Sanctions and Appeals Process

Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

University Responsibilities

All freshman and sophomore students residing in University residence halls are required to participate on an approved residential dining plan. Exemptions may be granted as follows:

  1. A student has resided in a residence hall for two years (four semesters).
  2. A student is twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the start of the academic term.
  3. Unique individual circumstances on a case-to-case basis as approved by the Director of University Food Service Operations/Campus Card Office.


  1. Rodli Commons was erected in 1968 to provide contract food service to University students. Freshman and Sophomore residence hall students have been required to participate on a residential dining plan as a condition of enrollment. Exemptions have been made on an individual basis for unique circumstances such as dietary requirements.
  2. The Board of Regents Resolution dated May 5, 1972, states that for students under the age of 21:
    “Those freshman and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or guardian, shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.”

Related Documents 

Board of Regents Resolution dated May 5, 1972


Please direct questions about this policy to administrative-policy@uwrf.edumail.