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Celiac College Student Survey completed February 2019

 

Food Service Vendor?

Cornell Dining

 

What stage are you in college?

Freshman

 

Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.

First semester: 10 swipes (all you can eat) a week and 500BRBs (basically cash) for the semester. Semester 2: joining fraternity so on fraternity meal plan and also 7 swipes a semester and 500BRBs

 

How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?

5+

 

How sensitive to gluten are you?

Very: React to small amounts

 

How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?

Moderate

 

Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?

Mostly what I expected

 

Grade your college on feeding celiac students

A

 

Explain your rationale for that grade

Lots of good labeling and options.

 

Check all that apply

My school is large with many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I am only comfortable eating in a few dining halls, I have great options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process

 

Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.

Yes, just a meeting.

 

Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? DescribeYes

 

How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.

NONE

 

Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it

Greek life and managing meal plans to allow me to still go to risley

 

If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?

Work with Greek life to better accommodate those with both meal plans

 

Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?

No

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?RISLEY!!!!! Same as above. Use BRBs (Big Red Bucks) at Risley.

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?Collegetown Pizza has good gf pizza. Not the best at delivery

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?Explore as many dining locations as you can and ask questions so you know what everything has to offer

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?

Maybe consider investing in a flask to bring safe alcohol. Otherwise, wine, hard liquor, and hard ciders are pretty easy to acquire. Most people are 100% understanding when you tell them you can’t drink beer.

 

Grade your college town area for celiac friendlinessA-Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?

Lots of options in town. Get the find me gluten free app

 

Anything else you would like to add?

Explore and don’t be afraid to ask questions. But risley dining hall is amazing.

Celiac College Student Survey completed February 2019

 

Food Service Vendor?

General food across campus

 

What stage are you in college?

Senior

 

Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.

I ate in my Greek sorority and also on campus, college town, and campus dining halls

 

How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?

5+

 

How sensitive to gluten are you?

Extremely: React to even small traces

 

How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?

Really bad

 

Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?

Mostly what I expected

 

Grade your college on feeding celiac students

B+

 

Explain your rationale for that grade

Basically all of the dining facilities have gluten free options, but if the dining areas are not campus dining halls, then many places assume that a viable gluten free option for lunch and dinner is a salad. I’ve have no issue with cross contamination. However, I would like to eat a real meal sometimes and not just a salad. I wish there were totally gluten free vendors in the campus dining buffet areas.

 

Check all that apply

My school is large with many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I frequent certain dining halls because they have more options although all are safe, I have great options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process, I assumed they could feed me and didn't think about it before I arrived

 

Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.

I did. I talked to the chefs at each of the dining halls at the beginning of freshman year and they told me what was safe and what wasn’t. They were very knowledgeable about the subject of cross contamination with gluten free food

 

Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe

No

 

How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.

2 I didn’t bring it up to the people in charge

 

Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it

Just that many of the dining areas allow salad to be their only gluten free option. I would just go to another place when this happened

 

If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?

More completely gluten free vendors that serve food that has been altered to be gluten free...not just veggies or sushi for gluten free option

 

Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?

No

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?

Appel was much better. Risley was awesome

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?

Nope

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?

Talk to the Head chefs

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?

Don’t drink beer. Ask someone you know to provide seltzer or something. Otherwise just don’t drink while you are out.

 

Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness

B+

 

Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?

CTB

 

Anything else you would like to add?

No

Celiac College Student Survey completed February 2019

 

Food Service Vendor?

Cornell Dining

 

What stage are you in college?

Freshman

 

Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.

Freshmen are required to have a meal plan. First semester I had 14 swipes a week and this semester (second) I have decided to go down to 10 swipes a week, and this is working well for me.

 

How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?

5+

 

How sensitive to gluten are you?

Extremely: React to even small traces

 

How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?

Bad

 

Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?

Totally yes, was what I expected

 

Grade your college on feeding celiac students

A+

 

Explain your rationale for that grade

Cornell is amazing at accommodating gluten free diets (for celiacs). All dining halls have little food labels that say if they contain any allergens. One of the dinning halls I go to (Appel) has a full gluten free section. The Risley dinning hall is a 100% gluten free dinning hall, where I eat almost every day. It is amazing!!

 

Check all that apply

My school is medium sized and has a fair amount of dining halls, Ability to feed me is pretty consistent across dining halls, I feel comfortable eating at any dining hall on campus, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I frequent certain dining halls because they have more options although all are safe, I have great options at all of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a critical part of my college selection process

 

Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.

Yes, I registered as celiac.

 

Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe

Yes, there is a nutritionist on campus (Michele Lefebvre) who was SUPER helpful in trying to accommodate my food restrictions. She helped me plan out where I could eat every day based on my schedule before even starting my first semester. She is great!

 

How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.

NONE

 

Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it

Some dining halls don't have much gluten free options (like RPCC) but the rest are great.

 

If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?

The gluten free station at Appel dining hall very rarely has warm food, so possibly more of that! They had warm dishes there at the start of last semester but not anymore.

 

Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?

All dorms are very close to Risley (which is where I normally eat), so that wasn't really a problem for me

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?

Risley hall is a blessing!! Definitely go there!

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?plum tree delivers sushi and they are good with gluten free stuff, and CTB is great too but specify that you are allergic and they will be extra careful.

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?

go talk to Michele, she is SO GREAT

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?

Everyone does their own thing. If you don't want to drink then hold one so no-one offers you one

 

Grade your college town area for celiac friendlinessA+Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?

Ciao (wood fired Italian food), plum tree, CTB

 

Anything else you would like to add?

Cornell is great with gluten free food!!

Celiac College Student Survey completed February 2019

 

Food Service Vendor?

Cornell Dining

 

What stage are you in college?

Senior

 

Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.

10 meals per week+$500 (Freshman/Soph), 45 meals+$150bucks/semester(Junior/Senior)

 

How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?

3-5

 

How sensitive to gluten are you?

Moderate: React sometimes

 

How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?

Moderate

 

Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?

Mostly what I expected

 

Grade your college on feeding celiac students

A+

 

Explain your rationale for that grade

I mostly eat at the kosher dining hall and they always have special GF bread and desserts for me! Cornell is excellent at labeling and they even have their own Gluten free/nut free dining hall!

 

Check all that apply

My school is medium sized and has a fair amount of dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I feel comfortable eating at any dining hall on campus, I have great options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process

 

Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.

Yes, filled out and form and SDS connected me with the dining nutritionist

 

Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe

nutritionist and chefs

 

How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.

NONE

 

Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it

Can't always eat the same food as my friends, but the kosher dining hall makes me special food so I can eat with my friends anyway

 

If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?

Increasing the availability of gluten free pastas and muffins

 

Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?

Yes, I asked for a kitchen and they gave me a special suite with a full size kitchen for 5 people to share

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?

It is helpful that Cornell labels all its dishes with top food allergens as well as vegan, vegetarian, contains alcohol/pork. Take advantage of Risley, the GF dining hall!

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?

I like Kind bars, RXbars and GF pretzels

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival

Keep your room stocked with GF snacks, in case the dining has no food for you that day

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?

most alc aside from beer is GF

 

Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness

A+

 

Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?

Wegmans has a great GF selection!

 

Anything else you would like to add?

The Cornell dining nutrition program is great and they run great nutrition events!

Celiac College Student Survey completed January 2019

 

Food Service Vendor?

Sysco (at fraternity)

 

What stage are you in college?

Sophomore

 

Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.

unlimited freshman year and a meal plan at chi psi for my sophomore year

 

How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?

5+

 

How sensitive to gluten are you?

Not Very: Usually can't tell if I have gluten

 

How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?

Mild

 

Does your college handle celiac food restrictions as you expected they would when you selected your school?

Mostly what I expected

 

Grade your college on feeding celiac students

A

 

Explain your rationale for that grade

We have a dedicated GF dining hall and gluten free sandwiches and other individually packaged snacks available across campus

 

Check all that apply

My school is large with many dining halls, Ability to feed me varies somewhat across dining halls, I avoid certain dining halls that I don't think are safe, I can find some but not enough food in any of the dining halls, I have great options at some of the dining halls, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process

 

Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.

no

 

Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe

yes there are chefs and nutritionists but i don't usually use them

 

How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall? If you didn't answer NONE, please explain what happened and how school responded.

NONE. i selected none but i don't have symptoms

 

Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it

making sure i eat enough

 

If you were in charge of dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?

i don't really know

 

Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?

nope

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?

risley is gluten free

 

Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?

i order gf pizza from dominos but its not technically gf safe it really depends on how sensitive you are

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?

go to wegmans and pick up gf food in bulk to save money

 

Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?

hard alcohol

 

Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness

A

 

Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?

college town bagels has gf bagels also sushi and poke bowls. Waffle Frolic in Ithaca Commons has gf waffles and fried chicken

 

Anything else you would like to add?

I'm not very symptomatic so if you are more symptomatic your experience will likely be very different

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