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GFF College Dining Survey Responses

University of Scranton



Survey Date:

Jun 24, 2019

Survey 1 of 1




Celiac Disease

Student's Summary Assessment:

College Dining:


Surrounding Area:


Rationale for Grades Given

The main dining hall only has a "Gluten Sensitive" section, and can never guarantee a completely gluten free environment.


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?

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, I have a 504 plan with the disability center which says they have to accommodate for me.

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

There is a nutritionist that visits campus once a week, that we have to pay for. The dining services department is very hard to reach and does not answer to complaints.

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

I would dedicate AT LEAST one section of the dining hall to be completely gluten free, and disclosing the ingredients/brands used for each meal. I don't think my school would be open to doing this because dining services cuts costs cutting corners and only doing the minimum.

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

I either have to risk it in the dining hall or purchase food from grocery stores. Freshman and sophomore year I did not have a clean kitchen to cook in, so I was eating lots of frozen foods. This upcoming year I will have a kitchen where I can cook in, but my school is horrible with anything related to dietary restrictions/allergies, and I would like to be able to use the dining hall at some point.

Advice for Incoming Students:


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

No, there wasn't any one dorm that has been better or worse.

Dining Halls:

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

Be loud and make yourself known. I only like the first floor of the DeNaples Center, and I still only eat the pizza or Chick Fil-a fries.

Meal Plans:

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

Freshman - unlimited plan (required); Sophomore - 14 meals per week (required); Upcoming Junior - 10 meals per week (unrequited)


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

A lot of places deliver in Scranton, so that's helpful. The kitchens are never clean so don't bother trying to cook in them. Bring lots of snacks.

Getting Started:

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

Before coming to this school, get in touch with dining services.


Advice on managing parties or dinners out with friends?

Avoid it. The parties are in small houses where beer is flying constantly. I spent most of my weekends alone because everyone I know is out at these parties.


Any other advice or comments?

After the current head of dining services, Joseph Boyd, took over, there have been lots of complaints and bad things going on in dining services. Even employees have complained. It is impossible to get in communication with Mr. Boyd, he has ignored every email I have ever sent. He is one of the people causing the most trouble here. But as a whole, the University of Scranton needs to be more accommodating.

Meal Plans:

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