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Disability Accommodation Request for Meal Plans

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Union University has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have access to reasonable on-campus meal plan (dining) accommodations. According to the ADA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. There must also be a legitimate connection between the disability and the requested accommodation.

All students living on campus are required to purchase the university meal plan. Occasionally students have special needs based on documented health conditions, such as those resulting in certain dietary restrictions, which may necessitate a meal plan accommodation. Meal plan accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need, and applicable standards for reasonable accommodations. Students must follow these procedures and provide all the required information in order to be considered for meal plan disability accommodations.

Union University (ARAMARKĀ®) Dining Services offers many dining options capable of accommodating different dietary needs, including student specific meal preparation for allergies, in addition to a wide array of healthy eating choices. We encourage students to meet with Dining Service's staff first to inquire about all of the dining options before pursuing a meal plan accommodation. A complete exemption from participation in the meal plan is rare and will only be considered when needs cannot be accommodated by Union Dining Services.

Meal Plan accommodations are NOT retroactive and financial refunds will not be granted for current or past semesters. Once the semester begins, all approved meal plan accommodations will be applied to the following semester.

*** Students should allow adequate time for application review and accommodation considerations. ***
A meal plan accommodation review can take 2-4 weeks.

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  • Jon Abernathy, M.S.Ed.Jon Abernathy, M.S.Ed.
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  • Office: PAC F-19
  • Phone: 731-661-6520
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  • E-mail: jabernathy@uu.edu
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  • Penick Academic Complex, Hallway F, Room 19 (Between Union Station and the Library)
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