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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
 
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

Students can assess ingredient information on line through NetNutrition. Dining staff can also answer questions students have about any menu items.

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
 
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]
Other
Labels on prepared sandwiches, salads and box lunches.
Specific areas

Grab & Go, Eco Cafe. All dining halls print labels for self-serve menu items detailing the top 8 allergens and dining staff or nutritionist can answer any questions students may have.

Additional Information

Students may assess ingredient information and filter allergens on line through NetNutrition.

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

We have specific spaces in each dining hall dedicated for allergen free meal preparation. Staff is trained on these procedures by their managers and procedures are reviewed a minimum of annually and when any new staff is hired. 

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

Cross-contact risk notices posted on salad bars, buffets, public toasters, microwave ovens and in other public areas susceptible to cross-contact.

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?
[YES]
Additional information

Gluten-free, vegan, kosher, soy-free, and halal pre-order meals are available. Electronic forms may be found on the Dining Services website. We also have the option to prepare dedicated meals for students who have food allergies. Dining Services nutritionist reaches out to all students who have indicated they have food allergies (either through information agreed to be released from health services or by filling out an online Allergy Advisory form).  We encourage all students with allergies or special dietary needs to meet individually with DS nutritionist, executive chef and assistant director of dining services so that we can address their unique needs. 

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
Wheat
Gluten
Additional Information

We have a Gluten Free and Vegan station at Paresky Dining hall. We also have a gluten free room with dedicated refrigerators, toasters and microwave for students with gluten allergy/Celiac disease to prepare gluten free foods. Peanuts and treenuts are not included in our menus, however, we do use products that were processed in facilities that also process nuts and those items are labeled with nut allergens.  

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[YES]
How often?
Other (please specify)
Williams College Dining Services use monthly AllerStar Food Allergy training modules to give staff the knowledge and skills to prevent adverse food allergy reactions.
Which course(s) are used?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
ServSafe Allergen by National Restaurant Association
What topics are covered?

Tree Nuts vs. Peanuts, Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerances, Top 8 Food Allergens, Reading Labels, Avoiding Cross-Contact, Fish & Shell Fish, Clean Prep Surfaces, Allergic Reactions, Emergency Protocol

Additional information

Williams Dining Services holds annual all staff Training Days in August, prior to students returning to campus. The 3-day training covers topics from policies and procedures to food safety and food allergy prevention.

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]
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
working with students to change roommate assignments if it becomes necessary
Does the housing office process requests?
Yes
Where can students get more information?
Patricia A. Leahey-Hays, Assistant Director for Residential Life and Housing
http://student-life.williams.edu/student-housing/
(413)597-4625
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?

Residential Life, Health Services

How can a student submit a request?

Students may fill out an Disability Request Form and submit to the Director of Accessible Education. Students may also fill out a Food allergy Advisory Form and submit to the Dining Services Director, Executive Chef, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or request accommodations using the Dining Services Meal Planning Card.

Additional Information

Accessibility Services has developed a special accommodation protocol for students with health-related food consumption conditions to facilitate accommodation requests.

Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
food allergy management care
prescriptions for epinephrine
seasonal allergy shots
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
[YES]
Where?
healthcare facilities
Campus Emergency Responders Carry Epinephrine

14. Our campus emergency responders carry epinephrine.

Campus emergency responders carry epinephrine
[YES]
Who are the emergency responders?
on-campus emergency responders
city emergency responders
Campus emergency responders include Williams Securtiy, Health Services, and Village Ambulance Services.
Additional information

Only Health Services staff are trained to administer epinephrine. Williams College Security does not stock undedicated epinephrine or administer epinephrine. Village Ambulance Services will also administer epinephrine and provide medical transportation as needed.

Emergency Response Policy

See what our emergency response policy allows for >

What does the policy allow for?
designated, trained staff to help administer a student’s epinephrine or stock, undesignated epinephrine in an emergency
Staff is trained to recognize anaphylaxis and call emergency responders
Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
G.L. Wallace, Director of Accessible Education
(413)597-4672
Last updated:
February 12, 2018

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