In this special edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments regarding coronavirus and its impact on onsite dining.
Here’s your list for today:
- Analysis: Judges generally refusing to dismiss student refund demands
Most students suing for refunds for tuition and fees paid after the abrupt closure of their colleges and universities during the first COVID-19 lockdowns have cleared their first hurdles, with judges in more than a half-dozen cases allowing claims to go forward, according to this analysis. A general trend toward forcing such refunds could severely impact campus dining programs depending on meal plan monies already banked for last spring.
- SUNY Courtland to pause and SUNY Oswego to restart in-person classes
State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland has announced that all in-person classes will be suspended for at least two weeks after the number of COVID-19 cases exceeded 100, while SUNY Oswego, which had paused in-person classes several weeks ago, has resumed them beginning Oct. 5.
- University of Tennessee plans in-person graduation ceremonies
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville plans to hold in-person graduation ceremonies
For spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates on Nov. 19-22 in its Thompson-Boling Arena before students leave for Thanksgiving break, with each ceremony limited to 200 graduates and a limited number of guests per graduate. Masks will be required and social distancing will be implemented in the arena.
- Longtime Delaware North exec Rick Abramson to retire
Rick Abramson has retired from his full-time job at Delaware North after 54 years with the company, including stints heading its Sportservice and Parks & Resorts divisions. For the past three years, he served as chief customer officer for the company and will stay connected with it as a part-time consultant and special advisor.
Read more: Rick Abramson Retires from Delaware North
- First campus Taco Bell Cantina unit opens at UT-Dallas
Chartwells Higher Education has opened the nation’s first on-campus unit of the Taco Bell Cantina concept at the University of Texas-Dallas. Taco Bell Cantina is a “fresh take” on the traditional Taco Bell concept that features an updated look, digital kiosks, unique menu items and alcohol service. The unit sits in an area with a large outdoor space for socially distanced seating and is open to both UT-Dallas students and staff and individuals from the surrounding community. In addition, students can mobile order food from the unit and have it delivered using Starship Technologies delivery robots.
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