Meal Plan Exemptions and Accommodations

ISU Dining is committed to offering food options that meet the needs of students on special / restricted diets. Reasonable accommodations are available to meet the needs of eligible students.

Medical Accommodations

If you have a medical condition that requires a special diet, you must complete an Accommodation Request form and appropriate documentation.

Once we have received your request, you will be contacted by an ISU Dining representative. This person will consult with you on your specific dietary needs, reviewing all of the nutritional resources available to you, analyzing Dining Center menus and giving you a tour of the facilities (if desired). If needed, this person will also work with you to develop a personalized menu that meets your dietary requirements.

You can also use Net Nutrition on the ISU Dining Web site to identify which Dining Centers will be serving the most options that fit your needs at any particular meal time. Once in the Dining centers, if you need assistance finding appropriate items to eat, you can speak to the Dining Center Manager. That person can guide you through the facility and help you make appropriate meal choices.

Medical Exemption

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. These requests will only be considered if ISU Dining is unable to accommodate your needs as described in the above Medical Accommodations section.

if you still wish to request release from the meal plan requirement, you may e-mail your request to dining@iastate.edu. Please include your full name, ISU ID# and the reason for your request in your e-mail. Please be aware that retroactive requests will not be considered.

Vegan / Vegetarian Lifestyle Requests

ISU Dining recognizes that the choice to live a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle is a very personal one and not without its sacrifices, but it does not constitute a basis for exemption from the residence hall meal plan requirement. As part of their commitment to providing a wide variety of options for all students, ISU Dining makes a concerted effort to purchase and prepare items that are suitable for a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.

If you need help finding items to eat in the Dining Center, please ask to speak to the Dining Center Manager. That person will be able to guide you through the facility and help you make choices that fit your lifestyle.

You can also use Net Nutrition to identify which Dining Centers will be serving the most vegetarian / vegan items at any particular meal time. Simply select a dining location, a meal time and then apply the vegetarian and/or vegan filters.

Religious Practice

Once again, as part of their commitment to providing a wide variety of options for all students, ISU Dining makes a concerted effort to purchase and prepare items that are suitable for a variety of religious practices.

Students following a kosher diet are encouraged to eat in the Union Drive Marketplace. In addition to the many kosher items regularly available, kosher meats and cheeses are available upon request.

Additionally, ISU Dining also makes concessions for practicing Muslims during Ramadan.

  • Breakfast: Visit the Union Drive Marketplace the prior evening and select from variety of prepared to-go breakfast items that you can eat before sunrise the next morning.
  • Dinner: Eat a late dinner after sunset! Use an Official ISU Dining To Go container at any Dining Center to take a meal with you and enjoy at a later time.
    • ISU Dining will provide you with a free, reusable To-Go Container.
    • To receive your container, please visit the 2419 Friley office during regular business hours.

Note: Because there is no meal plan requirement during the summer, students who make the choice to purchase Meal Blocks or Dining Dollar$ should do so with their own religious practices in mind. Refunds will not be given for meals not eaten due to Ramadan. Also, any unused Meal Block meals remaining at the end of summer will roll over for use during the fall semester, so there is no monetary loss due to Ramadan observance.