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Northwestern 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
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
[YES]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

All stations

Additional Information

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.

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
[YES]
Full ingredients, online database
[YES]
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

All stations

Additional Information

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.

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 ALL STATIONS]
Additional information

Students need to inform the staff behind the line of their food allergy.

Self-Serve Areas

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

Self-Serve Areas
[YES, IN ALL AREAS]
Additional Information

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.

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]
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
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Additional Information

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.

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?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
ServSafe Allergen by National Restaurant Association
We developed our own food allergy training.
Sodexo training
What topics are covered?

Food allergy 101, anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, college and university policies, how to respond to an allergic reaction, EpiPen use

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?
[YES]
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?

When residents notify staff of food allergies, we accommodate the allergies in the program.

Additional information

Students with accommodation requests are encouraged to share this information with staff as soon as possible before the event where accommodations are needed.

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]
[YES]
How does the school provide accommodations?
trying to match students with food allergies for room assignments upon request
facilitating roommate agreements involving food allergies upon request
working with students to change roommate assignments if it becomes necessary
Does the housing office process requests?
Yes
Where can students get more information?
Additional information

Students with accommodation requests are encouraged to submit the information through the online form early in the housing process

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]
Other departments a student should contact?

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 diet-food@northwestern.edu 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…).

How can a student submit a request?
Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
prescriptions for epinephrine
fulfill epinephrine prescriptions in our pharmacy
seasonal allergy shots
Refill allergy prescriptions but not new prescriptions generally. We do see patients with symptoms of allergies. They are seen by physicians who will refer the students to specialists if needed. We do subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) for students whose allergists enroll in our program.
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
[NO]
Who are the emergency responders?
city emergency responders
Additional information

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.

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
The Evanston Fire Dept. and Chicago Fire Dept. respond to all emergency medical incidents on each campus. Their Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances and fire engines carry multiple doses of epinephrine. Average response time is less than 4 minutes on
Contact Info
Disability Staff Contact
Last updated:
March 3, 2017

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