Dining & Catering Accommodations
Springfield College is a four-year residential college and finds that dining together is one factor that allows students to develop a sense of community. Therefore, all students who live on campus in traditional residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. The College currently offers an array of dining options that include gluten-free, vegan and allergen-friendly, in addition to other healthy eating choices.
The goal of this process is to provide students with the tools they need to actively manage their dietary needs within the residential dining program. A registered dietician is also available to consult with students as needed. Generally, exemptions requests for the following reasons will not be considered: financial, vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free diet, work/class/practice schedules, or personal preferences.
Allergies and Disabilities on the Basis of Food
Springfield College recognizes the need for reasonable modifications for disabilities on the basis of food allergies, celiac disease, or other disabilities or medical conditions requiring a special diet (collectively, "food allergies"). The College's food allergy policy can be found here.
If you are seeking an accommodation or reasonable modification relating to dining or catering services, including any accommodations related to your Springfield College meal plan, you can initiate that process by completing Online Student Application.
Religious Exemption Requests
The College, in unique circumstances, may exempt a student from the required meal plan for religious reasons. Please note that a meal plan exemption will only be granted when Harvest Table cannot meet the nutritional needs of a student. Before any exemption is granted, students are required to meet with a representative from Harvest Table to inquire about all of the dining options available.
- A written statement from a religious leader does not guarantee the student will receive a meal plan exemption.
- You will be notified of the decision of your exemption request via your Springfield College email account.
- You have an obligation to pay for your meal plan until your exemption request is approved.
- Please keep a copy of the documentation that you submit for your files.
- Meal plan exemption requests must be submitted and renewed annually.
If you'd like to discuss this process further before beginning, please feel free to contact the Office of Non-discrimination Initiatives (ONDI) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Meal Plan Exemption Request Process
1. Complete an online religious accommodation request form. Attach a letter/documentation from religious leader, if available.
2. Meet with Harvest Table to determine if they can meet your specific needs.
3. If it is determined that Harvest Table cannot meet your needs, they will communicate that to ONDI who will process your meal plan exemption request. ONDI may also consult various campus partner offices to verify the legitimacy of the sincerely held religious belief. As noted above, meal plan exemptions are only granted in the most limited circumstances.
Have questions about navigating your preferred diet or religious restrictions while at school? Looking to learn more about healthy eating while on campus? Our staff is here to help support you in finding the best meals, stations, and services to support your lifestyle.
Learn more about the support available through Springfield College Dining Services by contacting us:
Harvest Table Culinary Group
Registered Dietitian: Holly Corcoran
Phone: (413) 748-4413
Learn more about our hours, daily menus, and resources here.