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Registering with Disability Services for Student Life Purposes

Last updated March 23, 2021

Dietary Accommodations and/or Meal Plan Exemptions Process

For any student life (non-academic) request for accommodation due to a qualifying disability, the student should contact the Disability Services Coordinator in the Disability Services Office. 

Morningside’s dining services offer a wide variety of nutrition options capable of accommodating most dietary needs. The University may exempt a student from the required meal plan as an accommodation for a medical condition/allergy which rises to the level of a disability. [Note: Such meal plan exemptions are not granted for dietary choices.]

To request a dietary accommodation or meal plan exemption follow this process:

1. Complete the Student Form and deliver it to Beth Boettcher, Coordinator of Disability Services, located in Lewis Hall 120 by July 1 for fall requests and November 1st for spring requests.

2. Request that a physician who is qualified to diagnose and treat your condition complete the Physician Form and send it to the University via:

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Fax Number: 712-274-5035--Attention to: Beth Boettcher
Mail: 1501 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA, 51106

3. Once the completed forms are submitted, the Disability Services Coordinator and Sodexo General Manager will review the request.

a) If accommodations are being requested, a meeting will be scheduled with you to discuss your request and what accommodations can be provided.

b) If a meal plan exemption is requested and dining services determines it cannot meet your needs, you will be notified via email that your request for a meal plan exemption has been granted and your student account will be pro-rated, if needed.


Please Note:

  • A recommendation from a licensed health care provider does not guarantee the student will receive accommodations and/or a meal plan exemption.
  • Requests received after the deadline(s) will not generally be considered until the following semester unless a medical condition or disability arises in the interim.
  • You have an obligation to pay for your meal plan until a request for a meal plan exemption is approved.
  • Morningside residence halls do not have adequate kitchen facilities for full meal-preparation. If a meal plan exemption is granted, a housing waiver may also be granted. 


Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The Mission of Residence Life is to provide a safe, comfortable, and healthy living environment for all students. Living in a residential community requires the cooperation and understanding of each and every individual. Morningside University recognizes the importance of the living environment as an integral part of the total educational process of the college student.


Please refer to our Residence Life website for information regarding this process:

Residence Life-Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities