Eastern Illinois University

Dining Services
Made-to-order items

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.

Made-to-order items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[NO]
Full ingredients, online database
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other
Currently updating online database to include Top 8 allergens online.
Specific areas

All made-to-order stations have ingredient information available upon request.

Self-Serve Items

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.

Self-Serve Items
[YES]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[NO]
Full ingredients, online database
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Other
Currently discussing creating an online portal for ingredient lists
Specific areas

All self-serve areas have ingredients made available upon request.

Additional Information

We are currently working on creating a link to put ingredient information online.

Made-To-Order Areas

3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.

Made-to-order areas
[YES, IN SOME STATIONS]
Specific 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. 

Self-Serve Areas

4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.

Self-Serve Areas
[NO]
Additional Information

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. 

Pre-Order Meals

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.

Do students have access to pre-order meals free from their allergens?
[NO]
Additional information

We do not offer pre-ordered meals.

Allergy-Friendly Station

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.

Do students have access to an allergy-friendly station?
[YES]
What is the station free from?
Peanut
Tree nut
Fish
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Additional Information

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.)

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[YES]
How often?
at least once a year
Which course(s) are used?
ServSafe Allergen by National Restaurant Association
We developed our own food allergy training.
For student staff we have developed our own training. For full time staff and chefs we use ServSafe Allergen Training
What topics are covered?

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.

Additional information

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. 

Registered Dietitian on Staff?

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.

Do you have a registered dietitian on staff?
[NO]
Campus Life & Disabilities
RAs Trained

9. We train our RA's.

RA’s trained
[NO]
Inclusive Resident Life Programs Including Food

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.

Inclusive resident life programs involving food?
[YES]
How can students access safe foods for resident life programs?

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. 

Accommodations for Roommate Assignments

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.

Accommodations for roommate assignments
[YES]
How does the school provide accommodations?
working with students to change roommate assignments if it becomes necessary
Does the housing office process requests?
No, another office on campus processes these requests (please specify)
Disability services will contact the housing office if accommodations need to be made.
Where can students get more information?
Disability Services Office Processes Food Allergy and Celiac Disease Accommodation Requests

12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.

Disability services office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests
[YES]
How can a student submit a request?

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. 

Additional Information

All disabilities must be documented and students will need all the proper documentation in order to request accommodations. 

Health Services

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What health services are offered?
prescriptions for epinephrine
Emergency Response
Stock, Undesignated Epinephrine Available for Emergency Response

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.

Stock, undesignated epinephrine for emergencies
[NO]
Campus Emergency Responders Carry Epinephrine

14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.

Campus emergency responders carry epinephrine
[SOME]
Who are the emergency responders?
city emergency responders
Additional information

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.

Emergency Response Policy

See what our emergency response policy allows for >

What does the policy allow for?
Staff is trained to recognize anaphylaxis and call emergency responders
Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Nutrition Graduate Assistant
217-581-7687
Disability Staff Contact
Last updated:
April 22, 2019

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