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Kennesaw St. to end mandatory commuter meal plans

Kennesaw State University is plotting a move that will no longer require its commuter students to purchase a meal plan. The changeover will mark just one facet of a larger food-service overhaul.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the move comes in part as a response to an audit of food services that uncovered employee violations, as well as managerial and financial problems with the food services division. The audit led to the resignation of a high-ranking division director, and the firing of four other KSU administrators.

The audit found that six of the university’s seven dining outlets operated at a loss in fiscal year 2015, the university’s dining contract was too expensive and overly favorable to the contractor, and the department had weak controls for expenses.

As a result, Kennesaw State will among other measures end the mandatory meal plans for commuter students. The change is set to take effect no later than the close of fiscal year 2018. KSU also plans to provide a level of relief to students paying for the required plans during the upcoming school year until the plans are eliminated, though there are no specifics on what that relief will be.

Kennesaw State currently requires all students to purchase a meal plan based on credit hours whether the student lives on or off campus. The mandatory meal plan had been a source of contention for some students.

In addition to eliminating mandatory meal plans, the university plans to reorganize its food service division’s management structure and renegotiate its dining contract.

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