Vanderbilt 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
[NO]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

All ingredient, nutrition and allergen information can be accessed online on Vanderbilt NetNutrition for all dining halls on campus. 

Additional Information

We strategically plan all stations to ensure the safety of our students, including plan-o-grams of stations, where ingredients are stored and how to decrease all possibility of cross-contact. 

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
[NO]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
[NO]
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[YES]
Specific areas

The only self-serve stations on campus are the salad bars and other small items such as bakeries and dessert stations. All ingredient, nutrition and allergen information can be accessed online on Vanderbilt NetNutrition for all dining halls on campus. 

Additional Information

We strategically plan all stations to ensure the safety of our students, including plan-o-grams of stations, where ingredients are stored and how to decrease all possibility of cross-contact. 

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]
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]
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

Students that submit medical documentation to Student Access Services and have met 1-on-1 with the Registered Dietitian, are given access to online pre-ordering, in which they create a profile that is specific to their allergies and preferences. This allows the student  to order up to 7 days in advance and ensures the upmost safety of food being prepared. Vanderbilt Campus Dining also carries Nima Sensors in each of the dining halls to test for gluten before delivering meals to students. Previously, we did the same for Peanut but we are now are peanut and tree-nut free in our dining halls! 

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
Fish
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Sesame
Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[YES]
How often?
at least once every 2 years
Which course(s) are used?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
What topics are covered?

Food Allergy 101, anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, college and university policies, Vanderbilt Campus Dining policy and procedure specifics, Nima Training, emergency situations, etc. 

Additional information

All staff must pass Allergy Training courses before they are allowed to work in designated areas. 

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?

Contact the Registered Dietitian in advance! 

Additional information

The RAs are trained to refer students to the registered dietitian when a student has an allergy, intolerance, religious restriction, or any other dietary need. 

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]
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?
Randall Tarkington
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]
Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
food allergy management care
prescriptions for epinephrine
fulfill epinephrine prescriptions in our pharmacy
allergy testing and diagnosis
seasonal allergy shots
we have an allergy clinic on campus
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]
Additional information

Legally we are unable to carry stock epinephrine pens in our dining facilities. Registered Dietitian educates all students with allergies about the importance of carrying epinephrine pens at all times. 

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
county emergency responders
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
on-campus emergency responders carry epinephrine for use in an emergency
Additional Information

If 911 is dialed on campus, our campus emergency response team is immediately notified and we share a campus with a medical center for quick and immediate access. 

Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
Last updated:
April 11, 2019

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