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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Dickinson College



Survey Date:

Nov 21, 2022

Survey 1 of 1




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

As someone with Celiac disease, it's often very hard for me to get a healthy balanced meal from the available options in our campus dining hall.

We have a surprisingly high number of gluten free restaurants within walking distance of campus.

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)

If i consume gluten, I throw up for 24+ hours and it takes me a week+ to recover from that exposure.

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

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

Yes, I got a single dorm so that I wouldn't have to worry about a roommate bringing gluten into my room.

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

Not anyone who takes the time to ensure my safety.

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

I would offer more plant-based and gluten free options in the main line, so that people with food allergies wouldn't have to build their meals from extra options around the dining hall.

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

I don't always have the option to eat the quick grab and go options, which is limiting in when I can actually eat on busy days.

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

Yes, I recommend a single because otherwise you have to deal with a roommate bringing gluten into your room.

Dining Halls:

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

We only have 1 dining hall.

Meal Plans:

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

As a first year, I was required to use any-20 (20 meal swipes a week), and any semester after that I used FlexBoard 1 or 2 because any-20 only allowed me to eat at certain places, some of which I couldn't get gf food. Flex allowed me to buy snacks that are gluten free from our on campus convenience shop.


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

There's a few good gluten free restaurant options in town such as the Thai restaurant "Tawan", "Yak and Yeti", "Playa Bowls", "Veggie Hunter", "The Grazery".

Getting Started:

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

Talk with the dining hall staff.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Eat a snack before you go out for the night. Some people will offer gluten free chips, but the cross contamination risk is pretty high.


Any other advice or comments?

Make connections with upperclassmen who have allergies so that they can show you where is safe to eat and where isn't.

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