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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Marist College


New York

Survey Date:

Jan 29, 2019

Survey 1 of 1




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

They have a separate room free of the top 8 allergens which has pizza, fries, and chicken. Also the fridge is full of snacks available for taking. There are baskets available to store personal items. Out in the main dining hall there is a section dedicated gluten free with a hot meal. The staff is extremely nice and helpful. I would even personally text the chef asking for a special request. Freshman year I was very dependent on the dining hall and I felt I always had a food option and didn’t feel left out because I had an allergy.

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

Yes. In high school I had a 504 so I continued with that at Marist. It gives me flexibility on attendance if I am not feeling well, along with assignments. During midterms and finals I take my tests with the office of accommodations where I allowed to have food and water, access to the bathroom, and extra time. Ii also have flexibility to take the test at a different time if necessary since I sometimes don’t feel as well in the morning.

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

The dining staff is great! You can always go to them with suggestions or concerns about the food. I always felt the meals they served were very balanced with a vegetable served each time

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

Overall I have been very pleased. My one suggestion would be to have the other places on campus (smaller dining hall or cafes) more GF friendly. The dining hall is the best bet for Celiacs. I feel Marist would be very open to the suggestion, but overall my experience hasn’t been great.

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

Eating out with friends. Luckily, my friends are very understanding and go to specify restaurants that work for me or eat at the dining hall with the most GF options. I feel I have been able to manage Celiac really well, and I credit Marist a lot!

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

When given the opportunity to have a full kitchen Sophomore year I knew I would want to do that so I would be able to cook for myself more often. But freshman I lived in a dorm and went to the dining hall constantly. I never had a problem, but I did request to live in the dorm connected to the dining hall for easy access in bad weather.

Dining Halls:

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

Get to know the staff because I really used them a lot. They knew my name and face and would also help make me something special if necessary.

Meal Plans:

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

Freshman: unlimited (required)+ Marist money Sophomore: 75 swipes +Marist money, switched to 15 swipes second semester Junior: 15 swipes + Marist money


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

Research the area before so you know what options you have. In the dorm make sure you have little snacks to keep yourself full. Also, bring a container to the dining hall and take some extra back to your room if you enjoy it because then you have a meal easily.

Getting Started:

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

Research! And talk to the staff. Make sure you know your options on campus and off campus so you at never stuck.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Be yourself. Don’t feel pressure to do something you aren’t comfortable with.


Any other advice or comments?

Marist has been amazing and I highly recommend!!

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