Celiac College Student Survey completed October 2019
Food Service Vendor
What stage are you in college?
Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far. Include if your school required any of these decisions. If you are eating in a greek house or other club type arrangement include that as well.
Smith has a gluten free dining hall
How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?
How sensitive to gluten are you?
Extremely: React to even small traces
How would you describe the worst reaction you have had since diagnosis?
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
Explain your rationale for that grade
We have a certified gluten free dining hall that doesn't allow any outside food or drink in, and all the employees are trained
Check all that apply
My school is small and has only a few dining halls, Ability to feed me varies greatly 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, I have an accommodation to eat in our gluten free dining hall
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe
A specific dining hall
How many times have you been glutenized in your dining hall?
Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage 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
If you were in charge of your school's dining, what changes would you implement to better feed celiac students? Would your school be open to these suggestions?
They do a pretty good job, but occasionally things in the other dining halls are labeled gluten free without accounting for cross contamination
Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?
Yes, part of my disability accommodation was to live near the gluten free dining hall
Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?
Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm? 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
Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?
Don't be afraid to speak up on what you need. Don't eat pizza at any campus events, its not safely GF
Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?
Bring your own, and don't trust any beer. Angry Orchard is good tho!
Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness
Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?
Anything else you would like to add?