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 meals and items served in our residential dining facilities will be accompanied by a nutrition card identifier that displays ingredient information and an allergen statement.
Weekly menus for the residential dining locations are posted online with ingredient information and allergen statement at: www.kent.campusdish.com. If nutritional information is not available, students may request information from a dining services director, manager, chef, or registered dietitian.
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.
Soup and hot cereal stations have ingredient information and allergen statements posted on nutrition card identifiers located at the station.
Self-serve areas, such as salad bars, will not have ingredient information (i.e. lettuce, tomato, carrots, etc). Ingredient information and allergen statement for self-serve areas available upon request.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
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.
Students with food allergies and special dietary needs can meet with a Registered Dietitian or management staff to be provided with the phone numbers of our dining facilities for call ahead meals. Students must give culinary staff minimum one hour to prepare their meals. Pre-order meals will be prepared at an allergen solution prep station that is worry-free from seven of the top eight major allergens.
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.
The True Balance station at Eastway Cafe is designed to assist students with food allergies to make safe and healthy choices while dining on campus. All of the foods in this station are prepared without seven of the top eight most common food allergens, including wheat, soy, eggs, milk, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. The True Balance station also excludes gluten-containing items such as rye and barely. Meals served at the True Balance station are prepared in an allergen-free area of the kitchen, including secluded storage areas to eliminate chance of cross-contact. Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal regardless of their food allergy.
Kent State University is honored to be the first Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) Certified full dining location on a college campus in the U.S. Located in Prentice Hall, Prentice Cafe will give students an entirely new perception of eating healthy, gluten-free foods. Prentice Cafe prides itself in being a safe-zone for students with gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease.
7. We train dining services staff members.
Topics covered in training include, but are not limited to:
-definition of a food allergy and food intolerance
-Top 8 Allergen Foods
-Allergen-free vs. Allergen Friendly
-Food allergy reactions, symptoms, and anaphylaxis
-University Dining Services Policies
-Allergen food labeling
-How to accommodate guests with food allergies
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.
Students are recommended to talk to staff involved in program preparation. They may also request food label information.
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.
Employment accommodations should be submitted to the Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
If you are a student enrolled in courses at the Kent Campus, have a documented disability, and are requesting disability-related accommodations, your first step is to register with SAS. The SAS office engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on a case-by-case basis.
You can register with SAS at any time during the semester, but we recommend you do so prior to the start of your first semester at Kent State University. In most cases, accommodations are not applied retroactively which is why we recommend completing your registration with our office early. Some accommodations (e.g. housing needs, closed-captioned videos) take additional time to put in place so please make sure to plan accordingly.
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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.
Paramedics are first responders and do carry epinephrine. Police Officers do not carry epinephrine.