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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Clarkson University


New York

Survey Date:

Apr 3, 2024

Survey 1 of 1




Gluten Intolerance

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

There are not many gluten free options. There are not ingredient lists on most pre packaged foods or things in the dining hall such as soups. The workers don’t have access to this so I am unable to eat the food that ingredients aren’t available.

There’s a couple places around with options! There is an entirely gluten free bakery/ restaurant, however it is expensive and not super realistic to eat there multiples times a week as a college student.

Details About this Student's Food Restrictions

How many years ago were you diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease?


If you indicated celiac or gluten intolerance, how sensitive are you to gluten?

Very: React to small amounts

Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)

Quite sensitive. Even small amounts such as in spices will make me sick.

Details About this Student's College Dining Experience

Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?

Mostly not what I expected

Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?


If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded

Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe

No. This school doesn’t give accommodations for gluten intolerance they make you stay on meal plan. Dorms don’t have access to a kitchen either so it’s very hard to make your own food.

Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe

There is one allergen friendly station at one dining hall.

If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?

I would make sure there were ingredients lists for all foods, make sure there were more options for people with allergies and I would make sure there are options at every dining location on campus.

Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it

Not every dining location has options for me, or if they do it is very limited. I have to eat the same 3-4 meals on rotation.

Advice for Incoming Students:


Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions?  Any dorm recommendations

Clarkson doesn’t make accommodations for housing for people with allergies. None of the dorms have a communal kitchen. Only the apartments which are almost impossible to get until you’re a senior.

Dining Halls:

Any advice for managing dining halls?  Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?

There is an allergen friendly station at ro bro however I don’t recommend it there. There aren’t many options and the food isn’t good. I recommend going to Marketplace. They have gluten free bread for sandwiches.

Meal Plans:

Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions? 

I have the meal plan where I get 10 swipes a week and 250 dining dollars over the semester. I do this because there is not much I can eat at the dining halls so I buy most of what I eat at grocery stores and then use the dining dollars for starbucks.


Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver? 

Little Italy had a gluten free pizza! Three Bears Gluten Free Bakery.

Getting Started:

What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?

Talk to OAS about your allergy if you have one. They probably won’t do anything but may give you information on your options at different places.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Honestly, if you’re going somewhere with not many options, I’d recommend just packing your food. If you have any friends in the apartment you can ask to use their kitchens!


Any other advice or comments?

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