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.
Students are always welcome to ask for full ingredient information when in the dining hall or dining location. Ingredients are available online at dining.northwestern.edu under the "Menus" tab. Just click on the dining hall of your choice, and click on the menu item you are interested in. A full Nutrition Facts panel will pop up with ingredients and allergens listed.
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.
Students are always welcome to ask for the full ingredients when in the dining hall. Ingredients are available online at dining.northwestern.edu. Just go to the "Menus" tab, click on the dining hall of your choice, and click on the individual menu item you are interested in. A full Nutrition Facts panel will pop up with ingredients and allergens listed.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
Students need to inform the staff behind the line of their food allergy.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
Though our staff is trained to prevent cross-contact in all stations, we do not advise students with serious food allergies to eat from the self-serve stations. We are happy to serve from back up.
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.
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 is called Simple Servings and is located in two dining halls -- Allison and Sargent. The food at the station is served rather than self-serve. Staff is always available.
7. We train dining services staff members.
Food allergy 101, anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, college and university policies, how to respond to an allergic reaction, EpiPen use
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.
When residents notify staff of food allergies, we accommodate the allergies in the program.
Students with accommodation requests are encouraged to share this information with staff as soon as possible before the event where accommodations are needed.
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.
Students with accommodation requests are encouraged to submit the information through the online form early in the housing process
12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.
These are outlined in the second website above; however, in general, it’s important to have the condition on record with Health Service, and students would work through the dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding requests for meal plan accommodations. Finally, students would work through Residential Services if requesting accommodations pertaining to their housing assignments (see http://www.northwestern.edu/accessiblenu/accommodations/housing-mealpla…).
Following the steps outlined at http://www.northwestern.edu/accessiblenu/students/considering-registeri…
This information is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/accessiblenu/accommodations/food-allergies-… and http://www.northwestern.edu/accessiblenu/accommodations/housing-mealpla….
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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.
If a student has a significant food allergy, they should make that information known to Student Services and Residential hall staff. While there are no on-campus first responders, both campuses are the beneficiaries of excellent response times from EFD and CFD.
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