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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

College of Charleston


South Carolina

Survey Date:

Feb 25, 2019

Survey 1 of 2




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

The “allergen free” food section was genuinely terrible. I lost around 20lbs freshman year because I didn’t want to eat anything. They did offer gluten free pizza but there was no guarantee it wouldn’t have cross contamination and the workers were never pleasant about making it for you.

Caviar and bananas, co, brown dog deli

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)

Completed original celiac survey which did not ask about other food allergies

Details About this Student's College Dining Experience

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

Somewhat what I expected

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


If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded

I got glutened and the school didn’t do anything

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

I have ADD but they don’t have you register for food sensitivities

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

Maybe? I heard about it but never interacted with them

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

I would make sure the staff actually knows what gluten is, and what foods have it in it. And I would make sure they didn’t react so terribly when asked to make a gluten free pizza or sandwich. They might but I don’t think the changes would stick. I would also totally overhaul the menu and make it actually decent and not just over cooked meat and mushy vegetables

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

Honestly it was just finding enough food to feed me. And I didn’t manage it well I lost a ton of weight

Advice for Incoming Students:


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


Dining Halls:

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

Honestly get the smallest meal plan you can and try to avoid eating there

Meal Plans:

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

I only had a meal plan freshman year because the food was so bad


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

Get a freezer that can hold frozen meals

Getting Started:

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



Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Bro bring your own


Any other advice or comments?


Meal Plans:

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