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Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS)

Definition of Auxiliary Organization
ABS Mission Statement

Campus Bookstore

Textbook Sale
Textbook Buy-Back

Campus Dining

Dining Locations

Meal Plans

Students Residing on Campus
Commuter Students

Campus Catering

Vended Operations

Warrior Card

Warrior Card Banking Convienience

About Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS)

Commercial Operations on the CSU Stanislaus Campus are provided by CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS), a 501 (c)3 California non-profit public benefit corporation.  It is a California State University (CSU) auxiliary organization as defined by CSU Board of Trustees Policy for the California State University Auxiliary Organizations (Executive Order No. 682).  This executive order clarifies the definition of an auxiliary organization contained in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 42400. Link to Articles of Incorporation on Resources page

Definition of Auxiliary Organization

An auxiliary organization is any non-profit entity which (1) has agreed to comply with the applicable requirements of the Board of Trustees and campus; (2) is included in the list of officially recognized auxiliary organizations in good standing maintained by the Chancellor, and (3) maintains the status of an auxiliary organization in good standing. ABS is a Campus Support Service Organization. Link to ABS Operating Agreement

ABS Mission Statement

CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary and Business Services (ABS) enhances the mission of the University by actively managing and developing commercial enterprises that benefit the campus community and by prudently managing and investing auxiliary assets.  The ABS Board of Directors, in addition to acting as directors of the activities and affairs of the corporation, serve as advocates for the University.

About Campus Bookstore

The operation of CSU Stanislaus Bookstore is contracted with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.  They are the exclusive provider of textbooks sales (hard copy & digital), textbook rentals, and materials published, distributed electronically and /or through learning management systems, sold in-store, or over the internet.  In addition they are the campus provider (in-store and on-line) of

  • apparel (logo wear) for men, women, youth, infants and toddlers 
  • gifts and accessories (diploma frames, laptop sleeves & bags, backpacks, drinkware, personal accessories, and school spirit accessories 
  • supplies and electronics (computers and accessories, dorm essentials, school supplies, specialty supplies) 

About Textbook Sale

CSU Stanislaus Faculty provides (prior to each semester) Barnes & Noble with the list of texts required for each class and the expected number of class participants.  Barnes & Noble then orders books, Used and New, to be available for purchase prior to the beginning of class.  They purchase as many used texts for sale as possible, knowing that textbook cost is a major factor in the cost of higher education.

At the time a student registers for a class he/she can immediately order the textbook for the class by clicking a button.  The students can then request that the books be shipped to their residence or be retained at the campus bookstore for pickup.  Texts are also available in the bookstore, arranged on shelves by course name and number.  The bookstore also stocks for sale class packets of additional information required by a specific professor.

Many textbooks are offered in other formats/options to provide students with cost alternatives:

  • Etextbooks & Nookstudy (digital downloadable version of the physical textbook works on both PC and Mac platforms, and can be used on up to 2 computers)
  • Textbook Rental (saves an average of 50% when compared to a new, printed textbook)

For more details and FAQs about each option visit the Barnes & Noble website

About Textbook Buy-Back

Students can take their textbooks to the bookstore at the end of the term to get up to 50% cash back.  Finals week is the best time to get the most cash back.  Books must include all original materials (CDs, workbooks, etc.) and a Student ID or identification may be required at the time of buyback.  Check with the bookstore for more details.

About Campus Dining

CSU Stanislaus has an exclusive contract with Chartwells Campus Services to provide food service on campus. Dining locations

  • Main Dining Food Court
    • Zone Pizza & Calzones
    • Wild Green Made-to-Order Salads
    • Stan’s Grill (hamburgers, fries, other hot sandwiches)
    • Jalapenos Mexican Station
    • Sub Generation
    • Outtakes (fresh made prepackaged sandwiches, salads, parfaits, cookies, and muffins)
  • Warrior Grill – hang out spot on campus! (Peet’s coffee hot breakfast items, specialty burgers, fresh tossed pizzas, tasty appetizers, smoothies, and Outtakes pre-packaged sandwiches and salads)
  • Village Café (Residential Life Village)
  • MSR Café – Starbucks Kiosk (barista coffee, Outtakes salads, sandwiches, snacks, soups of the day)
  • Pop’s Convenience Store (snacks, microwaveable options, health & beauty aids, grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, cookies, and muffins)

Menus for each campus dining location are available at

About Meal Plans

For Students Residing on Campus

The Chartwells Meal Plan program has been designed to enable students to get together and eat a delicious and nutritious meal.  All Meal Plans come with two options:

  • Meals Per Session (Block Meals)
    Your meal "allowance" is intended to be used in the Village Cafe for all-you-care-to-eat dinner and weekend brunch.  Each time you use a meal, it is subtracted from your overall meal balance. Meals do carry over from semester to semester but do not carry over from year to year.
  • Flex Dollars
    Flex Dollars are held in a "declining balance account" that works on the same principle as a debit card.  You can use your Flex to purchase beverages, snacks or even a full meal in any of our campus dining locations.  Each time you make a purchase, the purchase amount is subtracted from your Flex Dollars balance.  Flex Dollars do carry over from semester to semester, but not from year to year.  Additional Flex Dollars can be added to your account at any time.

All students living in a traditional residence hall on campus are required to purchase a Meal Plan.  For full detail on Meal Plan options available to freshmen and residents living upperclass apartments go to Link to

For Commuter Students (Swipe & Save)

The “Swipe & Save” meal plan program saves you time, money, and the headache of losing your parking space.  Swipe & Save meals are accepted at all on-campus dining locations.  Selected plans get FREE Flex Dollars added to your account.  Swipe & Save Meal Plans are administered through your Warrior Card, which functions as both a university ID and as a declining dollar card.  Meal plan dollars are assigned on an annual basis and are allocated by semester.  Meal plan funds do not roll between academic years and are forfeited on the last day of the spring semester. For more details and to purchase a Swipe & Save meal plan go to

About Campus Catering

Chartwells provides catering options specifically for students and student events.  Options available are:

  • Mini continental breakfast (muffins, danishes, bagels or doughnuts and Starbuck’s coffee)
  • Fajita bar (seasoned steak or chicken with peppers and onion, refried beans, Mexican rice, cheese, sour cream, flour tortillas, chips and salsa, tea and water)
  • Nacho bar (seasoned ground beef or chicken, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, chips and salsa)
  • Hot dog or hamburger buffet (burgers, veggie burgers, or hot dos served with buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, condiments and individual bags of chips)
  • 16” whole Pizzas (cheese, pepperoni, combination, BBQ chicken, vegetarian)
  • Brownie sundae bar (brownies and vanilla ice cream with hot fudge, chopped nuts and whipped cream)

Place an order by completing a Student Catering form online, in Main Dining, or by contacting catering at 209-667-3634.

About Vended Operations on Campus

Through vended operations bottle beverages and snacks are available at many campus locations. Vending locations 

CSU Stanislaus contracts with Pepsi Bottling Group LLC for cold beverage vending, and with Canteen for hot beverage and snack vending.

To report a non-working machine or need for product refill call the ABS Commercial Operations Manager at 209-667-3970.

To receive a refund for lost money in vending machines go to the Main Cashiers Office, MSR Suite #100.

About Warrior Card

The Warrior is the official identification card of California State University, Stanislaus.  The Warrior Card operation is managed by CSU Stanislaus Auxiliary & Business Services (ABS). 

A Warrior Card is required for identification for all students to access essential campus services.  It is available to all members of the University Community.  Warrior Cards are distributed at the Stockton Center Student Information Desk and at the Turlock Campus University Student Union Information Desk.

The Warrior Card is the student key to:

  • Identification – In addition to your photo, your Card has your unique ID number printed and encoded on the magnetic stripe.  It is required for all Cashier transactions.
  • Meal Plans – Campus residents swipe the Card to access Meal Plan dollars at all Campus Dining Locations.
  • Libraries – Use your Card to check out library materials and access other resources and services.
  • Enrollment Services – Your Card will be swiped to access your student records.
  • Fitness Center Pass - Access privileges for current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Warrior Cash – The Warrior Card can be loaded with Warrior Cash (prepaid fund on the card) to make cashless purchases and pay for services at campus locations and local businesses.
  • Banking Convenience - Make your card an ATM/PIN-debit card when you link it to a Wells Fargo College Checking account.
  • OIT Lab Print Account – You can use Warrior Cash to add funds to your OIT Computer Lab Print Balance account

How To Obtain a Warrior Card, Warrior Card website 

About Warrior Cash: Warrior Cash is a prepaid spending account on your Warrior Card.  Warrior Cash can be used to make purchases at Campus Dining locations, the Bookstore, and computer labs.  It is also accepted at subscribing local businesses. How to Obtain Warrior Cash, Warrior Card website 

About Warrior Card Banking Convenience

CSU Stanislaus contracts with Wells Fargo Bank National Association to provide checking account, ATM, PIN-based debit, and deposit transfer services to eligible university community members to be accessed through the Warrior Card (Wells Fargo Bank Campus Card). In addition to providing services, Wells Fargo Bank supports various campus programs and events such a New Student Orientation and Promise Scholars.