Celiac College Student Survey completed January 2019
Food Service Vendor?
What stage are you in college?
Please describe your meal plan for each year there so far.
As a freshman, I did an off campus meal plan that provided points/dollars for both the dining hall and restaurants. This provided the most options for me, but was what most people i knew were doing. Living in my sorority house, we had to fight and have a call with nationals (AEPHI) to allow me to eat in the house. While ultimately it all worked out and the chef was very accommodating, it was quite stressful to deal with while also managing my course load. Following that, I lived in an apartment so ultimately did went out or cooked for myself.
How many years ago were you diagnosed with celiac?
How sensitive to gluten are you
Very: React to small amounts
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?
Mostly what I expected
Grade your college on feeding celiac students
Explain your rationale for that grade
While they definitely did a great job in university housing, there were still some ways they could improve so I would feel less isolated.
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 frequent certain dining halls because they have more options although all are safe, Ability to eat well was a small part of my college selection process, I asked alot of questions before I came but the reality was different
Did you register with your students disabilities office for accommodations? If yes, describe.
Are there resources (nutritionists, chefs, peer support groups) to help ensure you are receiving safe nutritious food? Describe
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.
Describe your biggest celiac challenge at college and how you manage it
The biggest challenge for me was living in my sorority house. i am happy to report that my battle has made it significantly easier for girls that live there now with celiac disease.
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?
All ingredients listed on every food label
Did celiac impact your housing decision? How? Is there a certain dorm you recommend for celiacs? Why?
Your advice to new celiac kids for managing the dining halls? Favorite dining hall(s)?
Ask questions early on, do red card meal plan
Your advice to new celiac kids for eating in the dorm?
Favorite snacks? Places that deliver?
Not applicable given my meal plan
Your advice to new celiac kids on preparing before they come? Or doing upon first arrival?
Research the restaurants in advance
Your advice to new celiac kids on managing keg parties and alcohol scene?
Vodka is a safe choice!
Grade your college town area for celiac friendliness
Favorite places to eat in town or foodshop?
Almost every single restaurant in madison wisconsin has gluten free options or a gluten free menu
Anything else you would like to add?