1. We provide access to ingredient information for made-to-order* items. *Made-to-order - Meals that are prepared on request and to your specification in the dining hall. Examples include a sandwich station, omelet station, burrito station, etc.
All made-to-order stations have ingredient information available upon request.
2. We provide access to ingredient information for self-serve* items. *Self-serve - Meals that are served buffet-style in a dining hall. These are typically high risk for cross-contact and are best avoided by diners with food allergies.
All self-serve areas have ingredients made available upon request.
We are currently working on creating a link to put ingredient information online.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
Our made to order pizza line and deli lines have precautions in place for gluten-free crust and bread respectively. Our reservation only is similar to a sit-down restaurant where the student can tell the staff their food allergy and precautions will be taken to ensure no cross-contact.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
In order to ensure the safety of the students with food allergies, we do not have any labeled allergen-friendly self serve stations. However, students may use their discretion to determine whether eating off self-serve stations are acceptable. Allergen information is listed on the food items and croutons and other gluten-containing food items are kept in a separate location from the salad bar.
5. We have pre-order meals* available. *Pre-order meals - Custom meals that can be ordered in advance by a diner so they are ready for pick up at a specific time. Typically these can be ordered online or by phone/text.
We do not offer pre-ordered meals.
6. We have an allergy-friendly station*. *Allergy-friendly station - A food station where specific ingredients are banned, typically including many or all items in the Top 8 allergens and gluten.
Our allergy-friendly station does not use ingredients that contain the top 8 major allergens or prepare any of the top 8 major allergens. All food is prepared separately from other food in its own prep area with special purple handled utensils to ensure no cross-contact.
Students are allowed to take food from the allergy-friendly station and add in other foods from the dining hall. (EX: A gluten-free student gets a salad from the allergen-friendly station but gets shredded cheese (MILK) from the self-serve salad bar.)
7. We train dining services staff members.
What food allergies are, the top 8, anaphylaxis, how to respond to a student having an anaphylactic response, avoiding cross-contact in receiving, storage, preparation, holding, and serving, procedures, and policies.
For student staff we train on the top 8 major allergens, preventing cross-contact when serving, how to recognize an anaphylactic response and what to do when you see a potential for cross-contact.
All staff, particularly staff in the allergen-friendly station are regularly trained and given up to date information on allergens. Staff diligently ensures that allergen-friendly food is received and stored properly and away from possible contaminants. All labels are checked upon receiving to ensure the product ordered is the product received.
8. We have a registered dietitian* on staff. *Registered dietitian - Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who are often tasked with helping students with food allergies navigate the dining halls.
9. We train our RA's.
10. We have inclusive resident life programs* including food. *Inclusive resident life programs - Programs in the resident halls often include food. Inclusive resident life programs will offer students with food allergies the opportunity to request safe food alternatives for events they attend in the dorms.
Students will inform the RA, or other staff members, of food allergies. The staff member will see to necessary accommodations on a case by case basis.
11. We offer accommodations for roommate assignments. *Every accommodation request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A housing accommodation cannot be guaranteed prior to an individual evaluation.
12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.
Students can go online to print the proper forms and bring these forms into the office of disability and process the accommodation request in person.
All disabilities must be documented and students will need all the proper documentation in order to request accommodations.
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13. We have stock, undesignated epinephrine* available for emergency response. *Stock, undesignated epinephrine - Epinephrine that is prescribed to a college or university rather than to a particular student. This epinephrine is kept on hand to use for any student that experiences anaphylaxis.
14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.
In the event of an anaphylactic reaction, city EMTs and first responders will be alerted to bring epinephrine. We could not determine whether it was always carried with them.
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