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

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Published: November 22, 2016

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Ball State University

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes for academic and/or housing accommodations. Dining medical form can be found here.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes. Dining & Disability Services work with students to ensure proper accommodations. For dietary: 1) BSU Dining’s $1 Discount ID Holder Program allows those with medically documented dietary needs to spend an extra $1 at each meal to cover the higher price for specialty items. 2) Those without medical documentation are not eligible for program; but the same specialty items will be available for purchase. Contact Wellness Nutritionist, and see this link.
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    Yes. BSU Dining’s individual dietary needs meeting held in August.

Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes / online link is here; dietary labeling on posted menus.
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes. All dining staff are trained on food allergen safety. Staff work closely with managers and chefs to know ingredients. All supervisors complete the ServSafe allergy training program. BSU Dining’s Food Allergy Action Plan outlines best practices for assisting guests in its 11 dining locations.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes. Call-ahead or individual menu planning/scheduled meal services are available as necessary.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes. Most menu options are completely customizable.
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?

    Yes. Many locations have separate allergen-safe prep and cooking areas; where not possible, allergen-safe protocols are followed to ensure safety.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. Almost all 11 locations are retail-based, and students have a meal equivalency to spend. Specialty offerings include gluten-free bread and dairy-free cheese. Many foods served are naturally free of common allergens; 70% of items served in dining locations are made without gluten. About 35% of options are vegetarian, and 23% are vegan.
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. Almost all 11 locations are retail-based. More special-diet options at larger locations. Many foods served are naturally free of common allergens and without gluten.

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?
    Yes
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes, depending on the student’s needs and space available. Request via Office of Disability Services. Students using the roommate matching service can disclose food-allergen needs – many find a roommate who is allergy-aware.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    No

Indiana University Bloomington

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes, for academic and/or housing accommodations and any request regarding altering the meal plan due to a special diet.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes. Dining and Disability Services work with students to ensure proper food allergy accommodations.
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?
    No, but all students which note a food allergy or special diet on their housing application are contacted by email by the registered dietitian and can schedule a meeting at freshman orientation.
Dining Services
  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
    Yes. The registered dietitian is available to meet with students to give tours and connect them with chefs and dining staff.
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes. See: http://nutrition.dining.indiana.edu/NetNutrition/46
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes. Dining staff and supervisors are trained on food allergen safety. Over 100 Indiana University dining staff are certified in AllerTrain by MenuTrinfo.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes. This can be set up upon request by contacting the registered dietitian at nutrinfo@indiana.edu.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
    Yes, most menu options are customizable.
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for food allergy/celiac orders?
    Yes. Many of the facilities have separate allergen-safe utensils and cooking appliances (e.g. gluten-free toasters), and allergen-safe protocols are followed. Allergy-friendly zones in the kitchens have signs, purple utensils and kitchen equipment to signify allergy-use only.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. Many facilities are retail-based, where there are a good number of items that are gluten-free. There are plans to open a new dining facility in 2021 that will include a top-allergen free food concept.
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes. There is more of a variety of special-diet options at larger facilities, but many foods offered in retail venues are naturally free of common allergens.
Residential Housing
  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    Yes, then housing shares this list with the dining registered dietitian.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No, not on auto-injector administration though RAs are trained in emergency procedures including anaphylaxis.
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Yes. Unless family lives within close radius and student requests to live at home.
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    Yes.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes, depending on the student’s needs and space available. Request via Office of Disability Services.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes.
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Not for freshman, but options expand for sophomores living on campus as a number of on-campus apartments have rooms with kitchens.

 

 

Purdue 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; https://dining.purdue.edu/menus
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    No
  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?
    No

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. If someone has an allergic reaction, 911 is called.
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    No
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    This varies.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Yes. Can request housing accommodation on housing application.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Yes

 

University of Notre Dame

Disability Services
  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    For campus dining, this is required.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    No. Paperwork is required though with Campus Dining for dietary accommodations.
  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; visit https://dining.nd.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?

    Campus Dining makes special allergy-safe meals. No separated area, but staff cleans, sanitizes, and prepares with fresh utensils and pans.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes, depends on location.

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, but needs to work through disability services and housing services.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    No/Yes
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Kitchenettes in all dorms.

 

Valparaiso 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; online link is here.
  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?
    Yes on allergic reactions. No, on administering an auto-injector.
  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