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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

Towson University



Survey Date:

Jan 7, 2020

Survey 1 of 1


Recent College Graduate


Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

Labels were not made available at all dining halls. Arrangements in advance were required from some easily accessible dining halls. One dining hall, furthest from main campus had gf options readily available

PF changs, Chipotle and pizza easily accessible off 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?

Moderate: React sometimes

Add details to help us better understand your food restrictions (e.g. sensitivity level, potential reaction, need for EPI pen)

Celiac disease must completely avoid gluten and cross contamination

Details About this Student's College Dining Experience

Does your college handle food restrictions as you expected when you decided to attend?

Mostly not 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, we fought very hard to try and get changes made. They wanted me to preorder my food so it would be ready which was unreasonable since I never knew exactly when I would want to eat

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

Chef tried to work with me

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

Labels on food letting me know if things were gf in ALL dining halls.

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

Availability at any given moment. Other kids could go in and eat whenever and whatever they wanted

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

No we didn’t think about it, assuming they would accommodate better

Dining Halls:

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

West Village had the most readily available gf food and this should be the case in all of them

Meal Plans:

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

Two meals per day, swipe card with points equal to money


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

Chipotle and we kept my fridge stocked with microwaveable entrees, nachos in micro, yogurt in fridge

Getting Started:

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

Speak with dining services and disability services. Hopefully changes are being made


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Wasn’t a big issue, I stuck to what I could ingest and stayed away from beer etc


Any other advice or comments?


Meal Plans:

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