U.S. Colleges Directory: Comparing Food Allergy & GF Policies–Connecticut

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Published: November 22, 2016

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Central Connecticut State University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Not required
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Not required
  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, on both Sodexo’s Bite app and and on all menus: https://ccsudining.sodexomyway.com/images/WeeklyMenu_tcm356-159342.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 separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes, but Hilltop Café is best-situated and trained to deal with allergies.
  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?
    Not specific to allergies, just a question asking if they need any accommodations.
  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?
    Yes
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    No

 

Fairfield University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes. Allergies need to be identified on the medical form as well as on a student’s health-care plan.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Students are encouraged to work with accessibility services, but are not required to.
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes, Food Allergy Table event in the dining hall at the beginning of the year.

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://fairfield.sodexomyway.com
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes. Campus dietitian is a master trainer for the AllerTrain program and employees are retrained annually along with monthly allergy safety reminders.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Nothing is pre-made. However an additional station is available for a chef to prepare a meal in a separate kitchen if needs aren’t met in Sodexo’s Simple Servings.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes. The Simple Servings station and the free-from pantry area have dedicated utensils and pans that are cleaned in a separate dishwasher.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. There is a dedicated food preparation area called My Zone, which has items free of tree nuts, peanut and gluten, along with the Simple Servings station, which is free of 7 top allergens (fish is served.
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes, students are able to ask for gluten-free options in campus retail stations.

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, all RAs are trained through the AllerTrain training program.
  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, dorm rooms have a small kitchen where students are able to make meals.

 

University of New Haven

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes, through Student Accessibility Center (SAC). A formalized process that requires supporting documentation.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes, final paperwork is recorded in SAC.
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Information on dining accommodations is available during student orientation (SOAR) presentations, at resources fairs, and one-on-one dining services meetings.

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes, from unit management to general manager as well as the district dietitian.
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes, both types of information are online at newhaven.sodexomyway.com.
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes, managers and supervisors take part in AllerTrain classes.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes. Simple Servings Top 7-free and gluten-free station.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes, storage, production, separate service area and other protocols are used to manage food cross-contact risks.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. At least one menu item is gluten-free. Also available is My Zone, a gluten-, peanut- and nut-free “pantry,” where food items needed by customers with celiac disease or food allergies can be housed with precautions against 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 SAC will reach out to students with additional information.
  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, part of accommodation process through SAC.

 

Wesleyan University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes
  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?
    Available on request.
  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?
    No. Information about how to request accommodations is included.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    Yes. Although not required to administer.
  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. Kitchen access in all residence halls.