U.S. College Directory: Comparing Food Allergy & GF Policies-Pennsylvania

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Bryn Mawr College

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    No, if just for dining accommodation, a nutrition consult is usually sufficient. Yes, documentation is needed for more specific accommodations.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes.

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes; http://www.brynmawr.edu/dining/dietary/
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes, at least one allergy-friendly hot meal item available at each meal.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    No substitutions as such, but students have protein choices in made-to-order meal.
  6. Separate utensils and area in kitchen for food allergy/celiac orders?
    No. But there is a designated gluten-free room for students who wish to prepare GF food.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes, but a separate food allergies and accommodations form that must be completed by a student with dietary needs.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    No
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Mini-fridge only.
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    No

 

Haverford College

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes. Harverford College hosts an annual health fair.

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes; www.haverford.edu/dining-services/nutritional-needs-and-information
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes, all items are identified for allergens that they may contain. As well, an allergy-friendly menu item (protein and sides) is available at lunch and dinner meals.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    There is an allergen-friendly protein dish available at lunch and dinner for students who have had this accommodation approved by the college.
  6. Separate utensils and area in kitchen for food allergy/celiac orders?
    No. There is not a separate gluten-free production area, but dining services does provide gluten-free items prepared on separate cookware. Culinary team is trained to prevent cross-contact.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. There is also a designated gluten-free room for students worried about cross-contact.
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes, and a separate food allergies and accommodations form must be completed by a student with such dietary needs.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    No
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes, but a separate food allergies and accommodations form must be completed by a student with dietary needs.
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Some apartment-style dorms are available. If a student needs access to a kitchen as an accommodation, that needs to be approved by Access & Disability Services prior to the housing request deadline.

 

LeHigh University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    No

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes; https://lehigh.sodexomyway.com/dining-choices/index.html
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes
  6. Separate utensils and area in kitchen for food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    Yes
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Yes

 

Pennsylvania State University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    No
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    No
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes (both)
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes/Yes. Onsite there are entrée cards: http://foodservices.psu.edu/entr%C3%A9e-cards Online (menu): http://menu.hfs.psu.edu/
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?

    Yes. However, designated prep areas are within a shared kitchen.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Some, but not all.

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Not on formal housing contract, but can indicate on other forms available.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes (unless commuting from home for local students).
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes, if living in residence halls. On campus apartment-style options (available to upperclassmen) do not require meal plans.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes, but only if students request each other. University will not make roommate selections based on self-identification of special dietary needs alone.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes/Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    No

 

Temple University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    No
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    No
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes. See: https://temple.campusdish.com/
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?

    Yes
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    No
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes, new students only.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Limited

 

University of the Sciences

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    No, however at the freshman orientation, the campus registered dietitian presents on the accommodations/services available.

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes. It is accessible through the Sodexo Bite app
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes, upon request.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes, upon request.
  6. Separate utensils and area in kitchen for food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes. Dining services staff sanitizes the area to prepare gluten-free pizza, since there isn’t a separate kitchen. Certified gluten-free sandwiches/wraps, made in an outside facility, are also available.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes

Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    Yes
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes, for first and second year students.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes, upon request.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes, in some rooms.
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Yes, some rooms have a kitchenette.