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.
Registered Dietitians are available to answer any questions about ingredient information in our all-you-care-to-eat dining centers. Our staff can provide a fresh menu item that has not been at risk of cross contact 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 ingredient information available upon request.
All students with food allergies are informed to use caution when eating from self-service areas, and to be aware of the potential for cross contact. Upon request, our dining operations will provide a fresh menu item that has not been at risk of cross contact.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
We accommodate menu requests in any made-to-order station, depending on the individual's specific dietary needs.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
Our dining services operations have established procedures for the layout of self-service areas in an attempt to minimize cross contact on the line.
We do not guarantee that our self-serve items are free from cross contact, but we recommend students request fresh menu items that are free from cross-contact.
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 offer an "On-The-Go" option along with our dining meal plans. Accommodations can be made for students with food allergies when they order their meal in person.
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 dietitians work one-on-one with individuals who inform our staff of their dietary needs. We can make accommodations for any food allergy or intolerance brought to our attention.
7. We train dining services staff members.
Our food allergy training covers: food allergy 101, allergies versus intolerance and their reactions, what is anaphylaxis, emergency procedures, cross-contact versus cross contamination, safe food handling, and college and university policies.
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.
In this RA training, we cover the topics of Food Allergy 101, symptoms of allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, what is Celiac Disease, Other medical or religious dietary needs, what is cross contact, Kansas State University Housing & Dining Policies and Procedures, how to connect students with a registered dietitian, looking for signs of student success, and empathy training.
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.
If the student makes their allergy known to their RA, the necessary accommodations can be made.
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 may either contact the Housing and Dining Services department directly, or they could go through the Student Access Center.
Go to the student access center page. Click on the student tab and then click on accommodations. From there, you can find the required forms to complete and return for the Student Access Center to process your request.
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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.
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