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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Jan 30, 2019
Survey 1 of 2
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
Staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable! I have never felt unsafe and the chefs go above and beyond to make sure I feel safe. My plates are pre-prepared for each meal. The only issue with this is that I have very little control over what I eat.
Mesa, Chipotle, Colonial Pizza, Mission BBQ, CHT
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)
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?
Totally yes, was 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
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?
I would have some sort of app or survey allowing gf students to fill out what they want to eat based on what is being served that day.
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
Biggest celiac challenge is very minor. It’s always a bummer when all of your friends eat food you can’t.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Yes! Through disability services I registered for housing with a personal bathroom and kitchen.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Go through disability services and talk to Chef John! He will introduce you to a ll of the other chefs. From there don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and let the chefs know what you can and cannot eat. I love marquis!
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
Normal Dining Hall meal swipes, Freshmen year - required 20 meals per week, sophomore year - 14 meals per week
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Lots of fruits and veggies
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
You will be around a lot of people who can eat a lot more things than you which stinks but it gets easier.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Good luck!! That part was hard to figure out, but you learn your way. I’ve never felt pressured to drink beer at Lafayette and if you do research on what you can and cannot drink you’ll be just fine.
Any other advice or comments?
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