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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Colorado College

Colorado Springs


Survey Date:

Mar 28, 2023

Survey 1 of 2




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

GF options are minimal, even the food that it says are gf could be and often are cross-contaminated.

There aren’t many options for gf, only two dedicated gf restaurants in town, but they’re very good.

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?

Extremely: React to even small traces

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

Symptomatic celiac

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

I don’t eat there often because I was diagnosed as an upper-classmen and because of the limited gf options. The main reaction I had was eating the gf waffles, using a dedicated gf waffle machine and gf batter, I got extremely sick. The waffle machine had definitely been used for non-gf waffles before. I emailed the school once and they said they can’t monitor everything in the cafeteria. A few months later I was fed up and emailed them again. This time they scheduled a meeting in which they told me the best solution was the text the chefs ahead of time to let them know I’m coming. I only did this once and the food took about 20 mins to be ready after I arrived.

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


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


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

They are in the midst of changing the set up of the cafeteria. I hope that they institute an allergy app that allows us allergy students to order ahead of time, giving the cooks time to make it safely in the back and then have it ready for us somewhere that can’t be contaminated. I have been hearing that they are open to changing but I’ve heard that their suggestion is to just have labeled serving utensils.

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

I’m so glad that I’m an upper class men and have a kitchen so that I don’t have to rely on the college’s cafeteria. I feel so bad for the students who don’t have a kitchen and eat mostly vegetables every day and still sometimes get sick from just that.

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?

Meal Plans:

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


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

Getting Started:

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

Contact the catering company for the school so that they know who you are right away


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?


Any other advice or comments?

Meal Plans:

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