The College, in unique circumstances, may exempt a student from the required meal plan for documented medical conditions or religious dietary observance. Please note that a meal plan exemption will only be granted when the Dining Services program cannot meet the nutrition needs of a student. Before requesting an exemption students are required to meet with the Director of Dining Services to inquire about all of the dining options available. To request a meeting with the Director of Dining Services please complete the Dining Consultation form to the right.
Students requesting a meal plan exemption must provide supporting documentation as set forth below. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain any and all required approvals or necessary documentation. In order for the request to be considered all required documentation must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete requests will NOT be considered and will be returned to you.
Meal Plan Exemption Process
- Meeting with the Director of Dining Services to determine how they can meet your specific needs. You can schedule that meeting by completing the form found here.
- If it is determined that Dining Services cannot meet your needs or the suggestions made in your consultation meeting are not working, please submit the exemption request on the right side of this page.
- Print out and submit the appropriate form
- Requests based on a medical condition: Physicians Form (pdf)
- Requests based on religious observance: Religious Leader Form (pdf)
*All documentation must be translated into English.
Forward the completed form to:
26 E. Main Street
Norton MA 02766
The final deadline for Fall semester exemption requests is August 1, however we recommend applying by June 1 so your account can be adjusted prior to the fall billing cycle.
The final deadline for Spring semester exemptions requests is December 1, however we recommend applying by November 1 so your account can be adjusted prior to the spring billing cycle.
- Exemptions for the following reasons will not be considered: financial, vegan/vegetarian/gluten free diet, work/class/practice schedules, access to a kitchen, or personal preferences
- A written statement from a licensed health care provider does not guarantee the student will receive a meal plan exemption
- You will be notified of the decision of your exemption request via your Wheaton Email account within one week of the Committee’s review
- Requests received after the deadline(s) will not be considered until the following semester unless a medical condition or a disability arises in the interim.
- You have an obligation to pay for your meal plan until your exemption request is approved.
- If you submit an exemption request and the board charge has been placed on your account, understand that you are responsible for meeting all payment deadlines. It is recommended that you pay for your meal plan and if your request is approved, your account will be credited on a pro-rata basis determined by the date the exemption is approved.
- You must reapply for a meal plan exemption each year with current documentation dated within 6 months of your application.
- Please keep a copy of the documentation that you submit for your files.
- Appeals of the Committee’s decision can be made to the Dean of Student’s Office within two weeks of receiving the committee’s decision. Appeals will only be considered if there is new information to present. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of the basis for your appeal. The Dean of Students (or designee) will review the case within 10 business days.
Questions regarding the Meal Plan Exemption Policy can be directed to the Committee by e-mailing: email@example.com