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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Smith College



Survey Date:

Oct 7, 2019

Survey 1 of 1




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

We have a certified gluten free dining hall that doesn't allow any outside food or drink in, and all the employees are trained

None :(

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, I have an accommodation to eat in our gluten free dining hall

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

A specific dining hall

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

They do a pretty good job, but occasionally things in the other dining halls are labeled gluten free without accounting for cross contamination

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

Eating out with friends, and going to on campus events. I usually just don't go out, or get something safe like a soda

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

Yes, part of my disability accommodation was to live near the gluten free dining hall

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? 

Smith has a gluten free dining hall


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

Most popcorn is good, so are tortilla chips! There is an amazing gluten free restaurant on the UMass Amherst campus. Most places that delivered that were GF closed

Getting Started:

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

Don't be afraid to speak up on what you need. Don't eat pizza at any campus events, its not safely GF


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Bring your own, and don't trust any beer. Angry Orchard is good tho!


Any other advice or comments?


Meal Plans:

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