Cleveland State Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution advocating for meal plan waivers for students who live on campus and have full kitchenettes in their apartments, as well as religious nutritional restrictions, allergies, and other dietary restrictions on April 21.
The resolution comes after CSU purchased The Edge and Langston Apartments, raising the total number of beds on campus to 2,220, which includes Fenn Tower and Euclid Commons. Students who live in these apartments or plan on living there are now required to get a meal plan.
“All students living on campus (residential students), with a signed housing contract, are required to have a meal plan each semester,” the Viking Food company website reads. “All residential students will be assigned the White All Access Meal Plan (the default plan) and can make changes up until the add/drop period each semester.”
The cheapest meal plan, according to the Viking Foods company, is $1,150 per semester, which provides $500 dining dollars and five weekly swipes to the dining hall.
The dining hall only has 288 seats for students, which only amounts to 13% of the maximum number of students that can be living on campus.
The resolution also advocated for more diverse and healthier food options on campus to accommodate dietary and religious restrictions—a change many CSU students wish to see:
“Cleveland State can do many things to help fight this fast food epidemic in America, and the first thing they can do is make dining passes optional for students that live in on-campus apartments,” said Director of Student of Affairs at SGA Anastasia Hunt in an opinion piece. “There is no point in charging students for their full-size kitchen as well as for a dining pass.”