What We Agree to Do
We agree to give you all-access meal plan service during the fall semester of 2023 and the spring semester of 2024. Your encoded PantherCard and your contactless biometric hand scan are your keys to unlimited access to Patton, Piedmont Central and Piedmont North Dining Halls whenever they are open for meal plan service. Because of remodeling, maintenance and other things that can arise, we cannot promise that each of the three dining halls will be open all year. (If you lose your PantherCard, you may obtain another one at the PantherCard office located on the second floor of the University Bookstore Building. We cannot give you a temporary card.)
If you choose a 7-day plan, you will have unlimited access seven days a week whenever the dining halls are open for meal plan service. If you choose a 5-day plan, you will have unlimited access Monday through Friday whenever the dining halls are open for meal plan service.
Meal plan options may be upgraded after your initial choice with no penalty only if the new plan has a higher dollar amount. For example, if you chose the 5-Day PantherMeals Plan + 120 PantherPoints and wanted to upgrade to a 7-day plan, you could do it without penalty. However, if you chose the 7-Day PantherMeals Plan + 120 PantherPoints, you cannot change your plan because there is no plan with a higher value. Furthermore, the last day to upgrade your plan will be the last day of add/drop for the concurring semester. Therefore, the last day to upgrade your meal plan will be:
Fall 2023 – August 25, 2023
Spring 2024 – January 12, 2024
All-Access Plans with PantherPoints:
We agree to give you all-access meal plan service plus flexible spending points to be used in any PantherDining location on campus. (Please note Panda Express is not included.) Your PantherPoints will be accessible via your PantherCard. PantherPoints are equivalent to monetary amounts (1 PantherPoint = $1) when using them at a PantherDining location.
Any PantherPoints remaining unused at the end of the fall semester will be made available for use during the spring semester. At the end of the spring semester when academic year service concludes, the balance of the unused PantherPoints will remain for your use for up to one year from the date of your last PantherPoints activity or at the point your PantherCard is deactivated, whichever comes first. Upon separation from the institution, you may request a refund for unused PantherPoints (minus any bonus points); email [email protected]. All unclaimed PantherPoints will be used for student food insecurity programs on campus.
PantherPoints will be refunded in the event of an emergency closure of the university or cancellation of the meal plan minus the 20 bonus points.
|Chick-fil-A||Retail||Bookstore Building, First Floor|
|Courtyard Café||Retail||Student Center East, First Floor|
|Legal Grounds||Retail||College of Law, Ground Floor|
|Patton Dining Hall||All-You-Care-To-Eat||Patton Hall, First Floor|
|Piedmont Central Dining Hall||All-You-Care-To-Eat||Piedmont Central, First Floor|
|Piedmont North Dining Hall||All-You-Care-To-Eat||Piedmont North, First Floor|
If social distancing must be in effect during any meal plan service, PantherDining will make every effort to ensure all meal plan holders are still granted unlimited access to the dining facilities. PantherDining reserves the right to alter meal plan service based on state or federal social distancing guidelines. These alterations may include, but are not limited to, staff-served meals, reserving times to eat in the dining facilities, to-go meal options, time limits on how often meal plan holders can enter the facility, and time constraints on when meal plan holders can eat.
The following guidelines apply for all to-go meals. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in termination of your meal plan without a refund.
- The meal plan holder will not be allowed to pick up a to-go meal if they have eaten in the dining hall within 3 hours before picking up the meal. They will also not be allowed to dine in the dining hall or pick up another to-go meal for 3 hours following the pickup of the meal.
- To-go meals are for the consumption of the meal plan holder only.
- The meal plan holder is responsible for maintaining proper food safety guidelines after picking up a meal. Cold food should be held below 41°F and hot food above 135°F. PantherDining is not responsible for food safety after the food has been picked up by the meal plan holder.
- We recommend to-go meals be consumed immediately after picking them up and should be discarded after one hour.
- Meal plan holders cannot dine in and use their takeout containers in the same visit.
Students prohibited from entering the dining hall because of illness can arrange to have a to-go meal with PantherDining.
Service Dates and Times:
Dining halls will be open for their regularly scheduled service throughout the semester except for scheduled school breaks and holidays. The schedule of dining service is as follows during the 2023-2024 academic year.
|First Day of Fall Service||Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023|
|Labor Day (Weekend Hours)||Monday, Sept. 4, 2023|
|Thanksgiving Break (No Service)||Sunday, Nov. 19 – Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023|
|Last Day of Fall Service||Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023|
|First Day of Spring Service||Friday, Jan. 5, 2024|
|MLK Holiday (Weekend Hours)||Monday, Jan. 15, 2024|
|Spring Break (No Service)||Sunday, March 10 – Saturday, March 16, 2024|
|Last Day of Spring Service||Tuesday, April 30, 2024|
What You Agree to Do
In signing and submitting the meal plan contract to PantherDining, you agree to make payment on your student account according to billing instructions published by Georgia State University. The charge for the meal plan you select will be posted to your student account. You will receive notification of the meal plan charge posting to your student account via the e-mail address you have registered with Georgia State University. It is very important for you to understand this agreement is for the FULL ACADEMIC YEAR and is not just for the fall semester. The spring semester meal plan charge for the plan you choose will be automatically transmitted to your student account in keeping with the schedule issued by the Office of Student Accounts.
You agree NOT to take food out of the dining halls unless it’s in your PantherDining-issued takeout container. If you take food out of the dining halls, we can take away your meal plan rights without giving you a refund.
You agree NOT to allow others to use your PantherCard to access any PantherDining location. If you allow unauthorized access or use, we can take away your meal plan rights without giving you a refund.
You agree to behave responsibly in the dining halls. If you behave irresponsibly in the dining halls, we can take away your meal plan rights without giving you a refund. If interruption of enrollment occurs as a result of university disciplinary action, no refund credits will be made to your student account after the fourth week of the semester.
Your Meal Plan Bill of Rights
If you decide that you do not want to be on the meal plan, or if you do not enroll at Georgia State University, and you let us know before the first serving day of the fall semester (Aug. 16, 2023), you have the right to leave the meal plan. The amount charged to your student account for the meal plan will be credited in full.
If you decide to withdraw from the university, you may cancel your meal plan agreement. Refunds in the form of a credit to your student account will be made based on your official withdrawal date or your last day of dining, whichever is later. No refunds will be issued following 30 days after the start of meal plan service for the semester.
If you are enrolled spring semester and decide to cancel the spring semester portion of your meal plan contract, you have the right to leave the meal plan. If you cancel before the first meal plan serving day of spring semester (Jan. 5, 2024) 85% of the charge to your student account will be credited.
If you graduate fall semester and/or if you are not enrolled in spring semester classes held on the Georgia State University campus (example: the Study Abroad Program), you have the right to cancel the spring portion of your meal plan contract. Upon verification, the amount charged to your student account for the spring semester portion of your meal plan will be credited in full.
If a physician prescribes a special diet for you to address a health challenge and PantherDining is unable to provide the special diet, you have the right to leave the meal plan, and charges for future meals to your student account will be credited in full. Our on-staff registered dietitians are ready to help with counseling to make the meal plan work for you. You cannot leave the meal plan because of a diet that you follow for other reasons or because you have committed to eating somewhere else (like a fraternity, sorority or other social organization), so be sure the meal plan is right for you before you sign up.
Other Important Information
This contract is for the FULL 2023-2024 academic year, beginning Aug. 16, 2023 and ending April 30, 2024 or for the remainder of the 2023-2024 academic year if entered after the beginning of fall semester.
Signing up for a meal plan is not the same as admission to the university. You cannot participate in a meal plan unless you have a valid Georgia State University PantherCard.
This contract is severable. That means that if any part of the contract is invalid, the rest of the contract remains valid.
This information is subject to change.
Cancellation forms received after 5 p.m. on business days or on non-business days will be considered received on the next business day. The meal plan holder’s access to the dining halls will be terminated on the day the cancellation form is received.
|Cancellation Form Received||Refund Amount|
|Before August 16, 2023||Full Refund (Fall and Spring)|
|August 16 – August 22, 2023||85% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|August 23 – August 29, 2023||75% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|August 30 – September 5, 2023||50% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|After September 5, 2023||No Refund|
|August 16, 2023 – January 5, 2024||85% Refund|
|January 5 – January 11, 2024||85% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|January 12 – January 18, 2024||75% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|January 19 – January 25, 2024||50% Refund minus Daily Pro Rate|
|After January 25, 2024||No Refund|
Daily Pro Rate Amount: $37