Fall Semester Dining Information

Student grabbing takeout from Holmes Dining Hall

WHAT HOURS WILL CULINARY SERVICES BE OPEN IN THE FALL? (UPDATED 8/13/20)

Culinary Services fall and spring hours will ensure that guests have a variety of dining options from Sunday through Saturday. Residential dining halls have adjusted hours to accommodate cleaning and sanitizing of units between lunch and dinner service, from 3-5 p.m.

For the most up to date hours of operation, please follow the links below.

Additionally, please note that after careful evaluation and planning, we have identified several dining locations that will not reopen for fall semester 2020. More information can be found in a news article online.

 

WHEN DO FALL SEMESTER DINING PLANS BEGIN?

Fall semester dining plans will start Thursday, Aug. 27. For those who are summer residents, please note summer dining plans end Thursday, Aug. 13. 

In between semesters, we invite you to continue dining on campus. To save on meals, you can purchase accesses online as an off-campus dining plan. Meal accesses are $7.75 each and a minimum of 10 must be purchased. The meals will be loaded onto your ID card for use within 30 minutes after the purchase is complete. They remain on your card and do not expire if you use at least one meal before June 30, 2021.

Additionally, you are welcome to pay the public door rate at any residential dining hall, which is $7.75 plus tax for breakfast and $10.50 plus tax for lunch or dinner. Please note dining halls have eliminated cash transactions to decrease customer touch points. Retail locations accept cash, Spartan Cash and credit/debit cards.

 

WHAT SAFETY MEASURES HAS CULINARY SERVICES IMPLEMENTED WITHIN ITS OPERATIONS TO KEEP GUESTS AND STAFF SAFE FROM THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

Numerous processes have been implemented to protect the safety and welfare of team members and guests throughout Culinary Services operations.

  • Masks have been provided to Culinary Services team members and are now required as part of the uniform.
  • Guests of all Culinary operations including dining and retail are required to wear masks. Disposable masks will be provided if patrons do not have one.
  • Residential dining has eliminated cash transactions and will only accept meal plans, Spartan Cash, debit or credit cards.
  • Installation of plexiglass at retail points of sale and residential host stands.
  • Self-serve areas have been converted to fully served. This includes all service ware, condiments, and beverages.
  • The entire daily menu within residential dining will now be available as grab & go. Diners can opt for carryout containers (up to 3) or have their items plated if they intend to dine in. All options will be distributed with single use disposable silverware and individually packed condiment containers.
  • Dining halls close from 3-5 p.m. to allow for additional cleaning and transition of staff.
  • Social distancing protocols are currently being implemented including table spacing, floor graphics and line queuing.
  • Antiseptic wipes are being provided for guests to sanitize their table.
  • Dining halls will be staffed with additional team members dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing seating areas.
  • The standard cleaner (QC 54 Peroxide Glass Cleaner) has been replaced with Peroxide Multi-Surface Disinfectant which is EPA approved effective against Coronavirus – COVID-19.
  • Staff are completing health screening questionnaires prior to beginning their shift. If they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, they are immediately sent home and not allowed to return to work until:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO SEE WHEN I GO TO THE DINING HALL?

Additional health and safety measures have been added within residential dining facilities and include the following:

  • Staff wearing masks and gloves
  • Floor graphics for 6 feet of distancing
  • Conversion to all disposable service ware
  • Traffic flow patterns
  • Division of line queuing for distancing
  • 50% reduction of seating capacity in each dining location

 

CAN I EAT IN THE DINING HALL?

Yes! However, we need to note that, in accordance with Michigan’s Executive Order for Reopening Restaurants, seating capacity in each dining hall has been reduced to 50 percent, so seating will be extremely limited.

To accommodate for this, we have made some adjustments we think you’ll appreciate! Every residential dining hall will have grab & go available so that you can get your food quickly, with no hassle, and be on your way. The full menu is available in your dining plan as grab & go and you’ll be able to carryout up to three containers per access.

If you prefer to select items from the serving lines, you are free to do that as well. They can be put directly into a carryout container or placed on a disposable plate if you intend to stay in the dining hall.

This dining model provides for enhanced modes of safety measures and the expected outcome will provide our guests and staff with a safe and healthy environment.

 

IS THERE A PRE-ORDER OPTION FOR DINING?

Yes! We are happy to announce that we are currently working on obtaining a new app that will allow you to pre-order your meal and pay for it with your dining plan or Spartan Cash. We are very excited to roll this out by September.

Our Starbucks locations currently utilize Grubhub. If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Grubhub app and select Michigan State University so you are all set to pre-order your favorite beverage.

 

For fall 2020 housing updates, please visit the MSU Live On website.

For more information regarding the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services’ response to COVID-19, visit rhs.msu.edu/covid19. To learn more about MSU’s response and campus reopening, visit msu.edu/coronavirus.

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