Students concerned about paying more for meal plans at UT can hold on to their wallets.
On Friday, the Student Government Association announced the proposed mandatory meal plans for all undergraduates will be tabled indefinitely.
After meeting with the Dining Services Committee and receiving strong negative student feedback, the Chancellor's Cabinet decided to drop the possible policy change.
While the administration had previously scheduled a final decision by Dec. 1, the Cabinet moved up their decision based on student response.
"Student Government Association and administrators saw that students were not supportive of the plan, which is why conversation about this particular proposal has been dismissed," according to an SGA press release. "Dining Services is still working to find the best solution for optimal campus dining options for students."
The proposal, which would have required all undergraduate students to purchase a Dining Dollar meal plan with a minimum balance of $300 each semester, regardless of where they live, was met with strong opposition after being unveiled at an SGA Senate meeting on Nov. 5.
While at the end of the semester any unused funds would be funneled to the students' All-Star account where it could be withdrawn in full, reactions were less than positive.
Coalition Against Mandatory Meal Plans, a group comprised of various organizations on campus, and powerut.com, a website that encouraged students to voice their opinions on the proposal, arose seemingly overnight.
Travis Wilson, junior in global studies with a minor in classics, said he got involved with the coalition because he knew it would impact him financially. Wilson survives each year off his refund money from the university and would have been at a severe disadvantage from the move.
"It definitely would've put a dent in my personal finances, especially if you consider rent and groceries and everything else," Wilson said. "It would've been difficult for me to do that ... I would've been out of money at this point."
Aramark, UT's provider of meal options on campus, encouraged the proposal, saying such a move would benefit campus and claiming many students buy food on from their locations already.
The dining services company has also invested heavily in the new Student Union, scheduled to open in Summer 2016 that will feature new restaurants and eating options.
SGA Senator Blake Roller was briefed about what snubbing Aramark could possibly mean for the university, and understands the business aspect of the now-defunct proposal.
"We would be losing a lot of support through Aramark," the junior in journalism and electronic media said. "Aramark is a main contributor to UT's construction these days and if they're not going to be able to reap their harvest of what they're putting into the university, they're going to eventually pull their support away from the university."