Beginning this school year, Columbia changed its dining hours to provide students on meal plans with 24 hour access to campus dining halls. This created a wave of excitement to students across all four colleges, but Barnard’s complicated bureaucracy has brought limitations to students’ access. We began to hear about Barnard students who attempted to eat JJ’s after 11 pm, but were told that they did not have access. After reaching out to media affairs, we were informed a compromise has just been made to allow students into JJ’s until 1am. A statement has been sent to students clarifying the policy; you can read it below.
In response to some concerns from your classmates, I want to update you on the status of using your meal plan swipe access at JJ’s Place between 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Each year, Barnard (through our agreement with Aramark) and Columbia both make updates to meal programs, largely based on student feedback. Last year, Barnard added JJ’s Place at Columbia as a swipe location, in addition to opening The Diana Center Student Dining Room for dinner swipes.
This year, the College added guest swipes onto meal plans and Columbia decided to make JJ’s Place a 24-hour location. Based on this change, and in order to be consistent with our dining hall’s late night options, access for Barnard students to J.J.’s Place was planned to end at 11 p.m., when The Diana Center’s late night service ends.
However, based on student feedback, we have worked with Columbia to allow swipes to continue to 1 a.m., as they were last year. We continue to welcome your feedback, and encourage you to reach out to your SGA Food Advisory Board representative at email@example.com so that we can continue to evaluate changes to the meal plan, based on your needs.
We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused, and do feel free to reach out with any questions.
Gail A. Beltrone
Vice President for Campus Services