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Dining Hall Policy


This Dining Hall Policy for 2023-2024 may be amended should government and public health directives change and new health and safety measures are required during the academic year. 

Dining Halls and Serveries

There are two dining facilities at Trinity College – Strachan Hall and the Buttery. Strachan Hall and the Buttery are open to the Trinity community. Patrons are able to use their Residence Meal Plan, Trinity Flex Dollars, debit or credit. Please note that both dining facilities are cashless operations. Please note that both dining facilities are cashless operations.

COVID Prevention and Precautions

While staff frequently clean high-touch surfaces, we encourage our community to continue to practice good hand-washing techniques and hygiene practices. Patrons are required to:

  • Wear a mask in the servery and not eat in the dining hall if they are ill
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Before entering the dining hall and the servery, wash their hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Adhere to all community rules and guidelines

Facility Entry

The dining halls are considered common spaces in the College.  Students must adhere to public health guidelines and posted signage when entering and while inside the dining halls and serveries.  The entrance to Strachan Hall is through the south doors and the entrance to the Buttery is through the south–west doors of the Gerald Larkin building.

Seating in the Dining Hall

Seating in the dining facilities is limited. Additional indoor seating is available in the Junior Common Room and Divinity Common Room, and additional outdoor seating (weather dependent) will also be available.

All furniture in these areas should remain in place and not be moved. Additional cleaning and disinfecting measures are in place in, adhering to public health guidelines. As there is limited seating in the dining halls, patrons are asked to limit their time sitting at a table to 30 minutes.

Dietary Accommodations

Trinity Food Services is currently able to accommodate students with a variety of dietary accommodations such as vegetarian and vegan diets, halal diets, lactose free/dairy free diet and made without gluten diet. The dining facilities are not allergen free facilities or kosher facilities. For patrons with dietary accommodations, meal selection may be limited and/or may need to be pre-arranged. Individuals with life-threatening food allergies are expected to take the necessary precautions, including having an epi-pen on their person at all times within the dining hall.  Anyone with dietary accommodation requirements, including food allergies, are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students for more information (deanofstudents@trinity.utoronto.ca).


All patrons are required to clear their table and deposit garbage, recycling, food waste and soiled dishes to the dish return station. If student bring dishes, utensils or cups out of a dining facility, they will be required to return them back to the dining facility or residence waste management area.


Appropriate attire, comprising of clothing and footwear, must always be worn in the dining halls and serveries.  Actions which might jeopardize the safety of community members is not permitted. Roller blades and/or skates may not be worn in the dining halls or serveries; skateboards, longboards and bicycles are not permitted.


Animals (except for service animals) are not permitted in the dining halls or the serveries.


Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the dining halls or serveries, unless for special licensed events, which have been approved by the Office of the Dean of Students.


Soliciting and canvassing in the dining hall and at the dining hall’s entrance, must be approved by the Office of the Dean of Students.


Office of the Dean of Students, Fall 2023