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Dining FAQ

Am I required to purchase a dining plan?
Students living in WVU Tech-operated residence halls are required to purchase a Residential Dining Plan. Students who reside off campus or commute from home may purchase a dining plan at their discretion. Many students choose to purchase a dining plan due to the convenience, variety, affordability and quality of our dining venues on campus. Call 304.929.1226 for more details.

May I change my dining plan once the semester has started?
Students will have until January 5, 2022 to change their dining plan for the spring 2022 semester. All changes made to your dining plan during the fall semester will be effective for the spring semester as well. There will be an opportunity at the beginning of the spring semester to change your dining plan as well. 

Do unused meals from my dining plan carry over to the next semester?
No, unused meals do not carry over to the following semester. Plan costs are based on food costs, wages and other expenses incurred during the current semester.

Can I put a Table Tent in the Bears Den?
Yes! Table tents should:

  • Promote an event for the WVU Tech campus or an event that supports a recognized WVU Tech student organization or student.
  • Not reference or promote high-risk drinking or other high-risk activities.
  • Be approved by the Director of Dining Services.
  • Be removed after seven days.

Given space limitations, no more than one table tent can be on display at a time.

Can a guest use my meal card?
No. Dining plans represent a contract between the student (the plan holder) and WVU Tech Dining Services. We base our costs on this purchase agreement. Allowing others to use your meal card jeopardizes our ability to keep your dining costs as low as possible.

Can I take food out of the Bears Den?
If you’re rushing between classes or just want to eat your meal elsewhere, takeout boxes are available in the Bears Den. You will be allowed to take one large box, one cup with a lid and one whole fruit. All items must fit into the boxes we provide and no bags are allowed. This is a service we provide to aid students who can’t make meal time. Students who abuse the carry-out option may be prohibited from utilizing this service. The Tech Spot is also a great food option for busy students on the go!

Can I use my meal plan at the Tech Spot?

What are the weekend hours of the Bears Den?
Brunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. / Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Can I purchase a Dining Plan that has a set number of meals per semester?
Yes. Students who live off campus or commute from home can purchase a dining plan for a specific set of meals per semester. It is possible to exhaust these plans prior to the end of the semester. We also provide “refills” for each plan. For details, see our  Meal Plans.

Where can I find low-fat food options?
All of WVU Tech’s food venues offer a wide variety of healthy options. Our nationally-recognized, award-winning Healthy “U” program was developed to educate students about making healthy food choices.

Do you have non-meat, vegetarian or vegan options on the Dining Services menu?
We offer soy and almond milk as well as black bean and soy burgers on request. We also offer protein bars, TVP, and tofu that we will cook to order. Please be sure to let us know if you have any particular dietary restrictions or requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Who develops the Dining Services menu?
The director of WVU Tech Dining Services in collaboration with the Executive Chef and the Dietitian from the WVU Morgantown Campus review all of our products and recipes to insure that we provide you with a wide variety of quality, appealing food choices.

What day starts a new week of meals for each Dining Plan?  For Residential Dining Plans, a new week begins each Saturday morning and ends the following Friday night. Meals do not carry over from week to week with the WVU Tech plans.

Do my Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring?
Dining Dollars will roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester, but they will not roll beyond the spring semester. 

What are Dining Dollars? 

When WVU Tech students purchase a Golden Bears Select plan, they will receive $50 in Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars can be used to…

  • Purchase meals, drinks or snacks at the Tech Spot.
  • Purchase a meal at a residential dining hall. If you use up your meal swipes for the week before they’re refilled Saturday morning, you can purchase a meal with Dining Dollars.
  • Purchase a meal for a friend, family member or guest, as long as the cardholder is present to swipe his or her Mountaineer Card. You cannot use one of your meal swipes for someone else to eat at a residential dining hall, but you can treat them using your Dining Dollars.

If you don’t use all of your Dining Dollars during the fall semester, they will roll over for use during the spring semester (as long as the student is still enrolled). The Dining Dollars will expire at the end of the spring semester. Dining Dollars can be refilled by calling the dining office at 304-293-3166.

Can I work for Dining Services?
Yes. WVU Tech Dining Services hires students each year. Whether you’re looking for extra cash, work experience, friendship or fun, check out the opportunities we have to offer. We provide flexible hours to fit your busy schedule and offer good pay with opportunities for advancement. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 304.929.1226.

How many weeks are in each semester?
There are 16 weeks in each semester. 314 meals are served each semester on the 19-meal residential plan.

Where does Dining Services get the products used in their meals?
Dining Services uses many well-known, brand-name food items for every meal. Products from Ben & Jerry’s, Campbell’s, General Mills, Healthy Choice, Heinz, Hershey’s, Hormel, Jimmy Dean, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Pillsbury, Post, Sara Lee, Stouffers and Starbucks provide quality products and a variety of choices for a healthy, balanced diet every day.