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Food Allergy Policy

Our food allergy policy seeks to inform Dining Services staff and customers of the college's intention to accommodate students with allergies by providing healthy, safe alternatives.

Representatives from Dining Services and Nutrition Services are available to meet with students to discuss food allergies. After reviewing menus, recipes and food labels with the student, the Dining Services representative assists the student with alternate food choices.

Administration of Policy

The director of Dining Services shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Dining Services staff shall be trained on this policy annually. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies. The following procedures shall be followed as Dining Services implements the Food Allergy Policy.

  1. Students should bring physician documentation stating the food allergy or food sensitivity, e.g. a physician's prescription or diet prescription filled out on incoming health forms.
  2. Students and parents will have the opportunity to attend an Allergy 101 session on campus to discuss food allergies, policies and tour the kitchen at Vail Commons.
  3. The student shall communicate with production staff and dietitian regarding food ingredient questions.
  4. Students are encouraged at any time during the semester to meet with the College Dietitian or Dining Services with any concerns.
  5. For prepared foods items, the student shall review recipes and or food labels provided by culinary staff.
  6. For specially prepared food items, an email address is provided to place the food order
  7. As necessary, the production staff prepares food using the following precautions:
    1. Washing hands and wearing non-latex gloves.
    2. Using clean pans, knives, utensils and work surfaces.
  8. Vail Commons Dining Hall offers students the opportunity to store an EpiPen on site if student so desires.