Last week, University Housing introduced controversial changes to its dining plan, altering the longstanding “pay as you go” policy. The proposed changes would require students living in dorms to add a minimum of $1,400 to their dining hall account per year. Though University Housing defended the proposal as a way to budget spending and promote healthy dining choices, the program was met with near-unanimous disapproval.
The new policy stands in stark contrast to the University Housing’s supposed commitment to diversity and inclusion. University Housing’s statement on inclusive communities emphasizes breaking down barriers, declaring a focus “on the needs of each individual to create a culture of respect and civility.”