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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

University of Pittsburgh



Survey Date:

Feb 7, 2023

Survey 1 of 3


Recent Grad


Gluten Intolerance, Milk Allergy

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

Only focused on nut allergies

There are other colleges who do better and some restaurants have a few safe options.

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)

Epi pen required

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

Did you register your food restriction with the disabilities office? If yes, describe

I did but no safe food was provided for most years and later it was rare.

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

I hear a new dietician was hired and is trying to help.

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

They would not be open. They need to listen to students with food allergies other than nuts.

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

I commuted from home because safe food was usually not available.

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

They are behind here as well so I lived at home.

Dining Halls:

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

I avoided them as the one food station has so many ingredients in the food served that it is concerning.

Meal Plans:

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

Meal plans are no longer mandatory but fees and dues for food are and they will not let you out of them


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

I have no firsthand knowledge

Getting Started:

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

I would ask a lot of questions and visit the food station to see if the limited option works for you


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Students are uninformed so you are on your own to educate them


Any other advice or comments?

Unless you have a nut allergy I would proceed with caution

Meal Plans:

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