Dining Commons Behavior
The community nature of a university dining commons is unique. Unlike any other eating situation, elements of both a home atmosphere and a restaurant dining environment are present. Students must respect the rights of, and cooperate with, other diners in maintaining a clean and pleasant environment. We ask your cooperation in keeping the dining commons atmosphere one that everyone can enjoy.
Dining Commons Attire
Casual, comfortable attire may be worn at all regular meals served in University dining facilities. However, students without shirts, shoes, or wearing only bathing suits will not be admitted to the dining commons.
Unlimited seconds on all food items are available at each meal session in the Residential Dining Commons. However, all food must be consumed in the dining commons. No food may be removed from the premises.
Room and board charges take into consideration occasional missed meals. Therefore, refunds are not granted in the event of meal absences. However, if you are compelled to be out of Bellingham for five or more consecutive days owing to extenuating circumstances, you may request a refund of food charges by contacting University Dining Services in Edens Commons, Suite 109. Such an arrangement must be made in advance and your meal card must be turned in to the Dining Services office prior to your departure.
Your resident dining rates are based upon your being able to eat as much as you want while you are in the dining commons during meal hours. However, a sack lunch or dinner can be provided if you have a scheduling problem, such as a field trip, other class or work commitment, or official school or residence commons event, which will cause you to miss a meal. Your request must be presented to your Dining Commons Manager at least 24 hours in advance, or you may sign up for a sack meal (link to sack lunch page) at least 24 hours in advance.
If you are too ill to eat your meal in a Resident Dining Commons, contact your Resident Commons staff to request a sick tray. If you are on a special diet for medical purposes and find that the necessary food is not provided by the regular menu, please contact your Dining Commons Manager. Written doctor's instructions may be required.
Misuse of your Meal Card
Students who allow others to use their meal card will have their card confiscated and be subject to University misconduct proceedings. Students who use a card that is not their own will be subject to a fine of $10 plus the cost of the meal(s) eaten and will be subject to University conduct proceedings. Meal costs are predicated on the premise that you will be the only person using the meal card, and that you will miss a certain percentage of the meals available. When you lend your card to someone else, food service costs increase. The expense for Dining Service's operations is shared by all students; cost increases are passed on in the form of higher room and board rates.
Lost Meal Cards
If your Western Card is lost or stolen, contact the Western Card Office at 360-650-7414 to see if your card has been turned in. You are contacted through your MyWestern Email account to inform you if your Western Card is found. For immediate access to Wilson Library or dining commons, you should contact the individual departments:
- Library privileges: contact the Wilson Library Circulation Desk at 360-650-3084
- Dining Services: see the dining commons staff at any of the dining commons or contact Dining Services at 360-650-2970
A replacement Western Card may be purchased for $8.00. This fee may be charged to a student account, or paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check, or a debit/credit card. Munch Money or meal plans will be transferred to the new card; however, copy money cannot be recovered from a lost Western Card. Students who have previously earned a degree from WWU, or are returning after an absence of two years or more, may be eligible for a complementary replacement card.