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 short order stations have ingredient information available upon request. Our staff is accustomed to these requests and are very knowledgeable about what ingredients contain specific allergens and how to minimize cross contact.
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.
All areas have ingredient information available upon request. We are in the process of making it available online within the next year.
3. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in made-to-order areas.
In our short order areas, our full time staff is trained on how to handle special requests. They use separate utensils/pans to limit cross contact.
4. We have procedures in place to lower the risk of cross-contact in self-serve areas.
Our main dining hall (The View), which is self-serve, has procedures in place to prevent cross-contact. Our full time employees have taken the Aller-Train course, we use designated cutting boards/utensils for certain food items, and customers can requests food that hasn't been handled by the public.
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 may email or call in advance to place special orders if dietary restrictions aren't achievable by eating the food served on any given day.
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.
7. We train dining services staff members.
We are a self-operated dining hall. We have a lot of flexibility in bringing in specific products/items that students may enjoy. We also have the flexibility to change food items/recipes to make it more allergen friendly.
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.
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.
Students fill out a Personalized Dietary Form with Dining Services (http://www.stthomas.edu/dining/dietrestrictions/). If students are requesting a specific living accommodation, they would contact Disability Services and Residence Life, and they will make accommodations for living.
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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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