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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.
We are working on implementing NetNutrition on campus. It will be available fall 2017 with certain menu items available. As more recipes and ingredients are completed, they will be available to view on NetNutrition. If a student were to ask me for the ingredients of a particular product now, I would share that information with them.
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.
We use separate utensils and cooking ware to prepare special order meals, but if an item is used in an oven that also cooks allergens, we cannot guarantee that the meal is allergen free. We have the option for students to order their meal in the back to limit the possibility of cross contact.
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.
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.
Anaphylaxis, avoiding cross-contact, our policies and procedures, what are food allergies versus intolerance's versus Celiac Disease, disclaimers, allergen labeling, etc.
7. We train dining services staff members.
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.
They should contact the point person in charge of the activity and disclose their allergy to them.
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.
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.
In dining we have a specific form that is filled out for dining accommodations. Housing accommodations are processed through our housing department and testing/class accommodations are done through our student disability services office.
12. Our disability office processes food allergy and celiac disease accommodation requests.
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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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