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Spring 2021

These questions and answers relate specifically to operations during the Spring 2021 semester and Covid-19-related safety protocols and procedures.

First-year students and students living in campus traditional residence halls are required to be on the 2020-2021 meal plan and will be automatically enrolled. More details regarding Spring 2021 meal plans will follow later and will be posted on IC Dining’s website.

Seating in the dining halls and retail dining locations will be reduced to comply with physical distancing requirements. Seating will be removed or blocked off to ensure proper physical distancing. 

Lines will be managed with single points of entrance and exit, along with rope-and-stanchions to help manage physical distancing. 

Signs and floor decals will remain in place in the Spring in the main campus dining venues to remind students, faculty, staff, and guests to keep an appropriate distance apart.

Limited seating will be available in the dining halls and retail dining locations during open hours of operation. Ithaca College encourages students, faculty, and staff to allow those with mobility restrictions to utilize these reduced seats. 

Limited seating for dining patrons will be available during open hours of operation. Spring dining hours of operation are yet to be finalized.

Utilizing appropriate physical distancing, members of the campus community are also encouraged to utilize outdoor seating, their campus residence halls or apartments, and open and unused classrooms for seating for meals. Community members are asked to take special care to clean up their trash and sanitize areas used for meals.

Yes, face coverings are required in New York State for individuals in public spaces. Admittance to the dining halls and retail dining locations will be restricted to people wearing a face covering. Those who are seated to eat in the designated dining areas will not be required to wear a face covering.

All self-serve options and buffets will be eliminated in the dining facilities, all food will be served. All food service will be provided in to-go containers. All Dining Services staff will be screened daily and will be required to wear personal protective equipment when working in the Dining Facilities.

Every student with a meal plan will be provided with 1 reusable, green clamshell container and 2 carabiners when they first return to campus. Green reusable containers are to be used only in the dining halls. An exchange station is currently set up at the Information Desk in the Campus Center lobby. Additional exchange locations will be set up as needed in the Spring semester. Exchange stations allow guests to drop off used containers in exchange for a carabiner to be presented when entering the dining hall for a new, sanitized, green container. If someone loses their clam shell container, a replacement ones can be purchased for $5 at the dining hall.

Participating retail dining locations will provide a clear, reusable container for a purchase price of $3. The clear, reusable container can be exchanged at any exchange station for a carabiner. Exchange stations allow guests to drop off used containers in exchange for a carabiner to be presented at a participating retail dining location for a new, sanitized, clear container. If someone loses their clear, reusable container, a replacement can be purchased at one of the participating retail dining locations for $3.

Even in non-COVID-19 times, the lunch lines for the dining halls on campus (especially the Campus Center Dining Hall) can be very long. The lines for lunch are determined by the class schedule, and students looking for quick service are encouraged to plan accordingly. In dining’s efforts to de-densify the dining hall during the COVID-19 pandemic, the dining halls have deployed a to-go/reusable container model. Guests are expected to adhere to NYS’s physical distancing guidelines for the safety of our community. IC Dining will share additional details as they emerge.
 
To access in-service retail dining locations and order from the menu
 GrubHub mobile ordering will be the only way to order and pay for retail dining options  (Spring in-service retail dining locations - TBD). 

For campus retail, planning and ordering ahead is strongly recommended. In Fall 2020 the Grubhub App was deployed allowing guests to pre-order at Ithaca Bakery in IC Square and pick-up their meal at a pre-determined time. The on-campus Grubhub App is for pick-up only, not delivery. In Spring 2021 IC Dining plans to deploy the Grubhub App at other in-service retail dining locations. (Hours of operation and in-services retail locations are still being finalized.)

Yes, with the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the associated necessary changes in how food service needs to operate to be safe, the hours of operation of all units are likely to change. Specifics will be announced to the campus community as decisions are made based on the availability of staffing, what proves to be safe and prudent, and the needs of the campus community. Based on the campus population it is likely that some campus retail units may be closed as the college reopens for the Spring semester. 

Dining Services currently has a plan in place and is working with Residential Life and other campus departments to arrange deliveries for students who are quarantined on campus for any length of time.

Meal plan participants who have special dietary needs should plan on utilizing the various specialty stations in the Campus Center and Terrace Dining Halls, including Station 8 and others. If a student has a special request/question regarding safe, dietary selections we highly encourage individuals to connect with a Dining or Retail Dining Manager.  Individuals can also seek out additional information by contacting Dining Services at dine@ithaca.edu

General FAQs

Questions and answers about general Dining Service operations.

Ithaca College offers one meal plan for students who live on campus. The 19 meal plan (Fall 2020) also includes $120 Bomber Bucks to purchase food at campus retail eateries. Spring 2021 meal plans are currently being finalized and the website will be updated to reflect Spring 2021 rates upon finalization.

Students who live off-campus or reside in Circles or Garden Apartments have the option of choosing the 19 Meal Plan or the Commuter Plan (Fall 2020), which consists of 5 meals per week and $300 in Bomber Bucks to use at campus eateries.

You can select a voluntary meal plan by clicking here and logging in with a student Netpass. You may also contact Student Financial Services at (607) 274-3131, sfs@ithaca.edu, or visit the office on the 2nd floor of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center during business hours, to opt-in for a Voluntary Meal Plan. 

Meal Plan swipes can be used in Campus Center Dining Hall for the Fall 2020 Semester. Bomber Bucks can be used at Ithaca Bakery in IC Square. 

You can start to add more Bomber Bucks this Fall through the GET App. You can manage your account from your computer or GET Mobile for Android | iOS.

Bomber Bucks are tax-exempt and can be used in any on-campus food retail location. Bomber Bucks allotted in the meal plan must be used within each academic semester. Any additionally purchased Bomber Bucks must be used within the current academic year. Bomber Bucks can be purchased at any time throughout the semester.

ID Express is a debit account opened through Ithaca College and not associated with Dining Services. ID Express can be purchased at any time throughout the semester.

  • Bomber Bucks Included with a Meal Plan must be used by the end of the Academic Semester. 
  • Additionally Purchased Bomber Bucks and Bomber Bucks purchased by Students who are not on a Meal Plan will carry over from the Fall Semester to the Spring Semester, but any and all unused funds will expire at the end of the Academic Year.

You can find our daily menus here. We are diligently working on a new menu interface and we will have more information to share in upcoming months! Visit the Fall 2020 hours of operation and dining updates page for the latest info.

Visit the Dietary Accommodations page for our offerings to those requiring special diets. If you are having difficulty finding food that fits your needs, please contact us at dine@ithaca.edu or ask to speak to a dining hall manager or supervisor on duty for assistance.

First-year students and students living in campus dorms will be automatically enrolled in the Fall 2020 Meal Plan, which includes $120 Bomber Bucks.  Students moving to an on-campus apartment or living off-campus have the option to select either the Unlimited Plan or the Commuter Plan, which includes 5 Meals per week and $300 Bomber Bucks to use during the Academic Semester. 

You can select a voluntary meal plan by clicking here and logging in with a student Netpass. You may also contact Student Financial Services at (607) 274-3131, sfs@ithaca.edu, or visit the office on the 2nd floor of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center during business hours, to opt-in for a Voluntary Meal Plan. 

Ithaca College Dining Services

1101 Terrace
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York 14850

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

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