University of South Florida

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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, for some stations]
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 vegan station, salad bar, grill, deli, and Mongolian grill have ingredient information available. 

Additional Information

Students are able to inquire about any ingredient or menu option available. Our employees are trained to always assist. 

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, for some stations]
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 pizza station, salad bar, waffles, and dessert stations have ingredient information available. 

Additional Information

Near all of our self-serve stations, we have health and sanitation instructions listed, as well as ingredient and nutrition information 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]
Specific areas

All employees are ServSafe certified and trained on a yearly basis. All new employees undergo allergen awareness training provided by the Registered Dietitian. 

Additional information

All employees are ServSafe certified and trained on a yearly basis. All new employees undergo allergen awareness training provided by the Registered Dietitian. 

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

We use planograms at our stations to make sure all similar ingredients (proteins, vegetables, dairy) are placed together. For condiments, we use PC packets to prevent cross-contamination. 

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 meet with the RD on site are allowed to make special dietary accommodations. 

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(s) that is free from specific allergens?
[Yes]
What is the station free from?
Peanut
Tree nut
Fish
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Additional Information

The True Balance program is designed to accommodate students with food allergies and help alleviate their concerns as they make meal selections in our residential dining rooms. The program is deigned as a comprehensive solution for running an Allergen Solutions station and is for customers who need to avoid one or more of the top eight allergens. 

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[Yes, all staff]
How often?
At least once a year
All employees must undergo an initial training when hired and then retraining once a year thereafter
Which course(s) are used?
We developed our own food allergy training.
Additional information

Topics Covered: What is a food allergy, identifying the top 8 food allergens, signs and symptoms of allergic reaction including anaphylaxis, what to do if a student has an allergic reaction, Aramark's food allergen policy, avoiding cross-contact

 

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
[Yes]
What training?
University-developed training
What topics are covered?

Food allergy 101, symptoms of anaphylaxis

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?

It must be requested in advance. However, we make sure we always offer a vegan and made-without-gluten option in our menus.

Additional information

We instruct the RAs and resident life staff to contact the Registered Dietitian with dining for any new students with dietary restrictions or allergies. 

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?
Working with students to change roommate assignments if it becomes necessary
Does the housing office process requests?
Yes
Where can students get more information?
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
[No]
Additional Information

Other department to contact for accommodation requests: USF Dining (dining@usf.edu)

How can students submit an accommodation request? They should fill in our Special Dietary Request Form/Food Allergy Form found on our website under Health & Wellness > On Campus Resources. Direct link to the form - http://www.speedsurvey.net/USFDietarySurvey.aspx

Health Services

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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
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
[Not answered]
Who are the emergency responders?
City emergency responders
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
Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
Deborah McCarthy
813-974-4309
Last updated on:
May 24, 2021
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