All UT undergrads required to buy meal plans starting in 2015

All UT undergrads required to buy meal plans starting in 2015

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UT says starting in fall 2015, all first-year undergraduates living on campus will be required to purchase a residential meal-based plan. UT says starting in fall 2015, all first-year undergraduates living on campus will be required to purchase a residential meal-based plan.
First year undergraduates aren't the only ones affected. All undergraduates who take six or more credit hours will be required to buy a minimum of 300 Dining Dollars each semester. First year undergraduates aren't the only ones affected. All undergraduates who take six or more credit hours will be required to buy a minimum of 300 Dining Dollars each semester.
School officials say if the money isn't used, it can be fully refunded or used at Cumberland Avenue restaurants, or to buy books, supplies, clothing and vending at campus facilities. School officials say if the money isn't used, it can be fully refunded or used at Cumberland Avenue restaurants, or to buy books, supplies, clothing and vending at campus facilities.
Right now, only undergraduates living on campus are required to have a meal plan. Right now, only undergraduates living on campus are required to have a meal plan.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some changes are coming to meal plans for undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee.

UT says starting in fall 2015, all first-year undergraduates living on campus will be required to purchase a residential meal-based plan.

The school's decision was met with strong reactions around campus. Junior Nickie Hackenbrack says the school asked the student body's opinion on this issue and chose to ignore it.

"I'm just upset that they claim to know what the students want and still push the same plans that they had before," said Hackenbrack.

First year undergraduates aren't the only ones affected. All undergraduates who take six or more credit hours will be required to buy a minimum of 300 Dining Dollars each semester.

"I understand that some people do use the dining dollars and the meal plans when they live on campus, but for many it's really inconvenient and on top of that not everyone has an extra $300 dollars to throw at the university," said Hackenbrack.

School officials say if the money isn't used, it can be fully refunded or used at Cumberland Avenue restaurants, or to buy books, supplies, clothing and vending at campus facilities.

Some students say that's a fair compromise.

"Knowing that you might be able to get some of that back if you don't use it I think that makes it a better option," said UT junior Hannah Clark.

"I definitely think it's just putting burden on the students and it's for their benefit," added Hackenbrack. "It's not for the student's benefit."

Hackenbrack is now putting a petition together to reverse the decision and hopes the school will reconsider.

Right now, only undergraduates living on campus are required to have a meal plan.

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