Secial Diets Information (pdf)

Do you have a special dietary need and are concerned about the transition to the campus dining program? Well at William & Mary, we take special diets very seriously. We have developed a nationally-recognized program that works with students to ensure that their needs are met:

·         Four week menu cycle that provides a host of healthy meal options


·         Full salad bar at the two residential dining locations and the Marketplace food court


·         Daily menus and nutritional information are available on CampusDish


·         iPads are available at residential dining locations for use of the CampusDish Nutrition App


·         Color coded systems to highlight which dietary need is being met on sneeze guards (Red - Gluten Free; Green Vegetarian; Yellow - Caution (nuts/shellfish);  Blue - Lactose Free)


·         Almond and Lactaid milk is available daily in the residential dining locations


·         Chicken breast is available upon request at the grill stations


Gluten Intolerance

·         The Outside of the Box program is available at the residential dining locations and the Marketplace and offers six gluten free entrees daily and can make other items to order. Five gluten free entrees are also either lactose free or vegan as well


·         Gluten free bakery items are prepared daily at the on-site bakery


·         Two gluten free cereals are available daily in residential locations


·         William & Mary Bakery provides gluten free and sugar free desserts

*** All Gluten Free items are writte in green marker on the sneeze guards***


Vegetarian Options

·         Veggie burgers are available upon request at the grill station every day


·         Dedicated vegetarian station at residential dining locations that has a four week menu cycle


·         Cheese pizza is available daily at the pizza station


·         Vegetarian soup is available daily

***All Vegetarian items are writte in green marker on the sneeze guards***

Be Informed

·         Just Ask is program that encourages students to Just Ask if they have a special request, need food prepared a special way, have a concern or need more information. Employees wear Just Ask buttons to remind students that Dining is here to meet their needs


·         A Regional Nutritionist and Health and Wellness Coordinator regularly visits campus to conduct allergens awareness and special diet workshops as well as chef demos.


Most importantly, William & Mary has a dedicated Special Diets Chef, Arnie Preib, who acts as a resource to both students and the Dining culinary team. Chef Preib is available to address questions and concerns, tour the dining locations and kitchens and to review menus and recipes. For more information about the Special Diets program with William & Mary Dining, contact or 757-221-7856.

Special Diets Policy

The College requires that all students admitted for Fall 2011 or after purchase a meal plan if they are living in one of the College's residence halls.

Accommodations for Special Dietary Needs

Many of the dining locations already include vegan and vegetarian options.  Whether you are lactose intolerant, diabetic, gluten intolerant, or have food allergies, our culinary-trained chefs can help you manage your dietary needs.  Even if you have had oral surgery and are limited to a liquid diet for a few weeks, we can help you find nutritious meals.

If we cannot accommodate your special dietary needs, you may petition for an exception.  Petitions to change or cancel meal plans are reviewed carefully by the Office of Residence Life in conjunction with Auxiliary and Dining Services.  Petition approval is not automatic and is given only when the appropriate steps are followed and when circumstances are extraordinary.  If your petition for exception is approved after the Add/Drop period, there is a $25 Cancellation/Change Fee.  Any used meals and/or Dining Dollars are non-refundable.

Exception Process

Complete the meal plan change/cancellation petition

Petitions with supporting documentation must be submitted to Residence Life, Campus Center 212, or faxed to the office (757-221-1240) and generally will be reviewed during the first and third weeks of the month. The student will be contacted regarding the committee's decision with an e-mail to their W&M e-mail address.

It is the student’s responsibility to furnish the Contract Release Committee with appropriate supporting documentation. Examples may include: financial statements, if claiming financial hardship; statement of recommendation from a health care provider, if claiming medical problems; etc. Requests made for medical reasons may be forwarded to the Medical Review Committee for review.

There is a $25.00 Cancellation/Change Fee for approved cancellations after add/drop.  You will be charged for all meals and dining dollars used.