Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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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 all stations]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[Yes]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[Yes]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[Yes]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[Yes]
Other
Everyday app and menu boards
Specific areas

Deli, grill, and action stations.

Additional Information

For full ingredients, ask us. The "Big 8" allergens are available via our online menu, sign, and the Everyday app.

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 all stations]
How are ingredients available?
Table: Ingredient Info Availability

 
Top 8 Allergens
Full Ingredients

Top 8 allergens, online database
[Yes]
Full ingredients, online database
 
Top 8 allergens, a list is posted in the dining hall
[Yes]
Full ingredients, a list is posted in the dining hall
 
Top 8 allergens, available on request in the dining hall
[Yes]
Full ingredients, available on request in the dining hall
[Yes]
Other
Everyday app
Specific areas

Salad bar for any salad dressing or composed salads, and dessert station. Our desserts are scratch-prepared in our on-campus bake shop, which is an area with many allergens. My Zone desserts may be a better choice for many food allergic students. Please talk to Kim about desserts.

Additional Information

Nutrition and allergen information is available on our on-line menu, point of service signs, and our Everyday app.

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]
Additional information

Our My Zone personal pantry has gluten-free breads, rolls, and many other products free of gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts. For a grill item, get your GF bread, then bring to the grill and ask for your burger to be made in a separate pan. For the deli, ask for your meat, cheese, and vegetables to be given to your from the back-up supply after a glove change, then make your own sandwich. We also have a team of trained chefs that can make food separtely if you talk to the RD.

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

For students with food allergies, we would like to prepare your salad in the back of the house from produce not exposed to the self-serve environment. We'd like to introduce you to our dining managers so they know what your dietary needs are and tehy can prepare safe food separtely in teh kithcen if needed.

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

Studnet should reach out to the RDN to discuss food allergies and meet the allertrained chefs that can perpare safe meals for them. 

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
Shellfish
Eggs
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Gluten
Additional Information

The award-winning Simple Servings station is free from the "big 8" allergens except for fin fish, and also free of gluten. Precautions are in place to prevent allergen cross-contact in preparing your meals, and the station is open to all students, but is always served and requires students to take a clean plate.

Dining Services Staff Member Trained?

7. We train dining services staff members.

Dining services staff trained?
[Yes, some staff]
Who?
Managers
Chefs
Registered dietitian
Hourly staff
Simple Servigns staff, managers and supervisors receive Allertrain U certificaiton, Front line staff receives Allergy 101 training
How often?
At least once a year
Which course(s) are used?
AllerTrain courses by MenuTrinfo
Food Allergy 101 taught by RDN
What topics are covered?

Food Allergy 101, recognizing symptoms of allergic reaction and emergency response, ingredients, precautions to prevent cross-contact in back and front of the house, communicating with students, etc

Additional information

Look for the "Allertrain" certificates posted.

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?

all of these

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?

Working through their resident advisor and the campus dietitian Kimberly Mayer.

Additional information

We all work closely together.

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
Facilitating roommate agreements involving food allergies 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?
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]
How can students submit an accommodations request?

resident life for housing requests

 

Health Services

See what health services we offer >

What health services are offered?
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
[Yes]
Where?
Dining halls
Healthcare facilities
Exceptions?

Emergency Epinephrine is stocked in our four dining halls. Managers are trained by RD in emergeny protocol. We always encourage studnets with prescrbed epineohine to carry it 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
Additional information

RPI public safety, Troy Fire Department 

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
Additional Information

Samaritan Hospital and Troy ambulance is located next to campus. The health center also stocks epinephrine. 

Contact Info
Dining Services Staff Contact
Disability Staff Contact
Claire Mahoney
Last updated on:
July 25, 2022
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