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Advocating for inclusive, safe dining for college students with food restrictions
GFF College Dining Survey Responses
Mar 9, 2023
Survey 1 of 1
Student's Summary Assessment:
Rationale for Grades Given
I have never been treated like a human by the staff
They don’t care about those with allergies.
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)
I am able to eat food with gluten cross contamination but cannot eat gluten itself without being sick for as long as a week.
Details About this Student's College Dining Experience
Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?
Not at all what I expected
Have you had a reation from eating in your dining hall?
If Yes, describe each incident and how your school responded
1. During family weekend we were served normal pancakes when I had specifically asked for gf. In addition to my reaction to gluten two other celiacs in my family were exposed and sick. 2.I was served a gluten grilled cheese when I asked for gluten free.3. I had a reaction but we were not able to identify cause.
On each occasion I got gaslit by male staff into believing it was my fault.
Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe
Yes after the second incident
Are there resources to help with nutritious, safe dining (e.g. dietician)? If yes, describe
Yes there is a trained dietitian on staff
If you were in charge of dining, what would you change? Would your school be open to suggestions?
Actually follow through on promises
Describe your biggest challenge managing your food restrictions at college and how you deal with it
I usually can’t find anything to eat so I stock pile snacks.
Advice for Incoming Students:
Did your food restrictions impact your housing decisions? Any dorm recommendations
Yes, I live across from the kitchen in my dorm incase I feel unsafe with food options.
Any advice for managing dining halls? Favorite dining halls? Any to avoid?
Describe your meal plans over the year(s). What's mandatory? Any suggestions?
They will require you to have meal plan but will refuse accommodations when requested.
Any advice for eating in the dorms? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
What should students do before school starts or when they first arrive?
Bring snacks and protein powder.
Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?
Pretty easy to fit in socially
Any other advice or comments?
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