Right of First Refusal

Right of First Refusal

Any recognized student, faculty or staff organization must submit a Right of First Refusal form to the Director of App Catering prior to scheduling or contracting any activity that includes the serving of food not prepared by App Catering or Campus Dining. Unauthorized private vendors in violation of this policy will be required to comply or vacate the campus.

To submit a request, please complete the Right of First Refusal form. You will receive a response within 3 business days from the Director of App Catering, Chuck Ford.

Alcohol Permit 

Are you hosting an event on campus where alcohol will be served? Don't forget to submit a Request for Alcohol Approval at least 10 business days in advance - failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your event.

Right of First Refusal FAQs

  • What is the purpose of the Right of First Refusal process and food safety considerations?
  • When should I complete a Right of First Refusal form? 
    • When food from off campus is brought on to campus by a university group to be consumed.
    • It is recommended that requests be submitted for approval at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event.
    • A request that contains potentially hazardous food or does not provide adequate detail of the event may receive follow up questions or request a re-submission depending on the clarification and changes needed. 
  • What is a potentially hazardous food?
    • Potentially hazardous foods are “a food that is natural or synthetic and requires temperature control because it is in a form capable of supporting the rapid, progressive growth of infectious or toxic microorganisms,” according to the Food and Drug Administration.
  • What is the correct handling of potentially hazardous food? What precautions are required for potentially hazardous foods?
    • Potentially hazardous food must be kept to temperature (cold food kept cold, hot food kept hot). Groups wishing to serve potentially hazardous food must have the food delivered and set up by the company supplying the food to ensure food safety and best risk management practices.
  • When would App Catering allow an outside vendor to provide catering services on campus?
    • When a culturally appropriate vendor can provide specialized dishes related to a culture or ethnic group;
    • When App Catering does not have the capacity to fulfill the order due to previously scheduled events;
    • Or when App Catering cannot provide similar service for a reasonable priced compared to the quoted outside vendor.