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FOOD POLICY FOR REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Wright State University supports student organizations in planning meetings and events that support the social environment for students. At the same time, the institution must insure the appropriate guidelines for the safety and overall well-being of the campus community. The following policies and procedures have been developed in an effort to achieve both of these objectives while encouraging registered student organizations to appropriately plan for food at their events and meetings. The food policy applies to events or meetings sponsored by a registered student organization with a University account (Student Organization Budget Committee (SOBC) or 999 accounts). All charges will be applied to the sponsoring student organization(s) account. Any other entity holding an event or meeting with food must follow must follow University Expenditure Guidelines Wright Way Policy #5301.4.
All Events and Meetings
- Purchase of Food: Student organizations may purchase food that is consistent with the organizational purpose including producing events, conducting recognition programs, travel or organizational meetings. Expenditures should be managed carefully to minimize overall cost. This suggests that such expenditures should be infrequent, modest in cost, and with a clear purpose. Any food purchases using a Procurement Card (Visa) must be pre-approved by submitting a Request for Funds form or Travel Authorization form. All Procurement Card purchases must follow Procurement Card Policies and Procedures Wright Way Policy #5901.
- Preference: When utilizing Student Organization Budget Committee (SOBC) funds, Special Funding (SFC) committee funds or any other University funds, general preference should be given to using campus facilities rather than off-campus venues and to using Dining Services or the Nutter Center’s food contractor (whose revenues help fund university overhead) rather than external caterers.
- Purchase of Alcohol: Student Organizations may not use Student Organization Budget Committee (SOBC) funds, Special Funding (SFC) committee funds or any other University funds for the purchase of alcohol. Organizations may use self generated funds held in 999 accounts for the purchase of alcohol that is consistent with the Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook and pre-approved by the Director of Student Activities.
Off Campus Meals
- Reimbursement: The Office of Student Activities will issue reimbursement for the cost of properly pre-approved and documented meals. Expenses may be incurred only for those individuals whose presence is necessary for the purpose of the gathering. All meals related to travel expenses must follow the Wright Way Travel Policy #5601.
- Receipts: An itemized receipt is required. Internal Revenue Service rules on substantiation of business expenses require documentation of the time, date, place, purpose, and attendees at the meal. Documentation requirements apply to all on-campus and off-campus meals, regardless of the payment method. Accordingly, all meals charged to student organization accounts require documentation. No reimbursement will be made with only a summary receipt. The Office of Student Activities will deny reimbursement for meal expenses that lack documentation or pre-approval.
On Campus Meals, Food and Refreshments
- Food for Student Organization Meetings: Registered student organizations are encouraged to utilize Dining Services “Student Organization Catering Menu” to provide refreshments for meetings. Registered student organizations may provide pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverages or food from approved delivery vendors in meetings rooms. Organizations providing prepackaged food or non alcoholic beverages must be closed to the membership of the group. Sponsoring organizations must indicate at the time of the reservation with the Student Union and Event Services their intention to bring in outside food for a meeting. A clean up fee will be assessed for not returning the room to its original condition including the removal of trash and cleaning tables, etc. If damage to walls, drapery, carpeting, chairs, tables or any other furnishings and fixtures in the room is identified, the sponsoring organization will be held responsible for additional cost for cleaning, repair or replacement of the damaged item(s).
- Food for Student Organization Events: Food for events held inside of a University facility must use a University caterer or an outside caterer. An event is defined as any activity that is social or educational in nature (not a meeting) and where members outside of the organization are invited to participate.
- Food in Student Organization Offices: Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought to student organization offices for organizational celebrations without prior approval. Students may not provide food for any event that involves persons outside the immediate organizational membership.
- Selling Food: University sanctioned organizations may sell cookies, cakes, popcorn, and other similar food items in accordance with Greene County Health policies.
- The sale of food on campus by any university-affiliated group other than the official campus dining service is ordinarily limited to bake/confectionery sales.
- A bake/confectionery sale is defined as the sale of items that will not spoil in the absence of refrigeration.
- Bake/confectionery sale items include cookies, brownies, popcorn balls, cake with nonperishable icing, muffins, bread, rolls, pretzels, donuts, caramel or candy-covered apples, and fudge.
- All items for bake/confectionery sales must be wrapped in individual portions before being brought to campus.
- Food must be wrapped in any substance that will permit the food to be seen by the buyer and keep the food free from contamination.
- A list of all ingredients used to prepare the bake sale item must be put on the outside wrapping of the food item.
- Persons wrapping items should take care that hands are extremely clean before handling food.
- No food license is required to sell confectionery items on campus by registered student organizations.
- Outdoor Events: Registered student organizations may provide food/refreshments for special outdoor events, which are open to all students, such as Fall Fest or April Craze, in accordance with Greene County Health policies. A meeting must be conducted with the Greene County Health inspector and participating organizations prior to serving food to the public. Registered student organizations that reserve outdoor space for informal picnics and social gatherings may provide food/refreshments in accordance with Greene County Health policies for organizational members. Like indoor events, outdoor events that include food in reserved locations are subject to Greene County Health policies. Some venue-specific regulations may also apply.
- Use of Outside Caterers: In order to utilize an external catering vendor, the sponsoring organization must adhere to the following provisions:
- A standard university catering contract must be issued by the Student Union & Event Services (SUES), because special arrangements must be provided in advance of making contact with the proposed vendor/caterer. A catering contract will ensure that all external catering vendors comply with university policies, provide a positive experience to event attendees, and represent the university in a professional manner. Full service use of SUES is not required, but minimal interaction with SUES is necessary due to special staging and food preparation arrangements and requirements. A copy of the contract must accompany any request for payment.
- For the reasons listed in the above paragraph, SUES will assist the responsible organization in obtaining an external catering vendor by providing a list of vendors to the requesting student organization.
- All external catering vendors will be evaluated, as well, as the main campus food service contractor. The results of the evaluation can be made available to anyone wishing to review them prior to selecting a catering vendor.
- Additions to the SUES list of external catering vendors may be made for reasons that include but are not limited to events requiring ethnic or specialty foods or the lack of availability of existing approved external catering vendors. Lack of availability also applies to the main campus food service contractor.
- A function utilizing an external catering vendor may be held at any Wright State University campus location that is designated for food/beverage events. A listing of those locations is available through SUES.
- All external catering vendors must adhere to the following guidelines:
- There will be no access to the Wright State University kitchens or food preparation areas used by the main campus food service contractor. Special staging areas for an event catered by an external vendor will be coordinated by SUES.
- All table decorations, dishes, utensils, service pieces, warming and heating trays, and other catering accessories and equipment must be provided by the external caterer.
- Clean up to the event area must be completed before the external catering vendor leaves the premises. A minimum clean up fee of $75 will be assessed for not returning the room to its original condition including the removal of trash and cleaning tables, etc. If damage to walls, drapery, carpeting, chairs, tables or any other furnishings and fixtures in the room is identified, the sponsoring organization will be held responsible for additional cost for cleaning, repair or replacement of the damaged item(s).
- When alcohol is to be served, it will be provided through the main campus food service contractor, according to the existing state of Ohio alcohol consumption policies and licensing regulations [refer to Wright Way Policy 3201 (Alcohol Consumption on University Property) and the Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook]
- When possible, meals should be served in the Student Union in order to avoid setup charges.
- Requests for additional information about food service for university functions should be directed to the Office of Student Activities.
Food Service at Non-university Functions
- University funds may be used to pay for registration fees for conferences, seminars, or other meetings that provide meals and/or refreshments during the program. However, if a non-overnight program specifies that a meal is “on your own,” the university will not pay for the meal or reimburse the student. The purpose must be documented and accompany the receipt for reimbursement or inclusion with procurement card.
Policy Exceptions and Review
- Exceptions to this Policy: Requests for exceptions to these policies and procedures must be made in writing to the Office of Student Activities. All requests must be submitted at least one month prior to the proposed date of the event.
- Policy Review: A representative panel will review these policies and procedures at least once a year and recommend changes to the Office of Student Activities. This policy will be the responsibility of the Office of Student Activities with approval by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. This policy may be changed at anytime to reflect consistency with Wright Way Expenditures Policy #5301.