We handle and prepare these and other potential allergies in our cafes and kitchens:
- tree nut products
- sesame seeds
For many students, college can provide exciting new freedoms. However, it also often presents a number of new and unexpected challenges. Students with food allergies often need help to manage their diet through the vast array of campus dining choices.
If you have a food allergy or require a special diet, our registered dietitians can provide you with the resources and information needed to make healthy food choices in the dining halls. Contact them via email.
Look for signs like the one below posted in each serving area. You can also prescreen your menu choices for specific allergens and get complete ingredient information via MyNutrition.
To accommodate gluten-free dining, a variety of options are available upon request in residential dining halls and cafes. This includes gluten-free breads, buns, wraps, pasta and pizza crusts. Many of our recipes are gluten-free; just look for this symbol on menus posted near each serving area. If you need assistance in the dining hall, just ask. Our entire staff is happy to assist you.
To learn more or to make a request, contact your dining hall manager.
Any food allergies should be listed on a medical emergency card and carried with you at all times. This information can then be shared with appropriate staff or medical professionals as needed. We recommend that you tell your roommate about your allergies and any emergency medications. You may also want to consider instructing your roommate in how these medications should be used.
If you have an Allergic Reaction
If the reaction is severe, call 9-1-1. Tell the dispatcher you are having an allergic reaction, name the food source and state where you are. Take your medications as prescribed.
If the reaction is not severe, take medication as prescribed and determine whether you need medical attention. For non-emergency help, call Housing Security at 763-1131 or contact the University Health Service Allergy Clinic.
To learn more about any of these services, please contact one of our Registered Dietitians.
Drink UpYour body has a hard time differentiating hunger from thirst. If you don’t drink enough water, you may feel hungry when really you’re dehydrated. Grab a glass of water with your next meal!
Start With Just One Plate
In the dining halls, it can be easy to choose two entrees or large portion sizes. Instead, try sticking to one plate at a time.
Ice Ice Baby
As the weather starts to warm up, enjoy some iced water. Add some mint or small sliced fruit to your ice cube trays to add some natural flavor to your water.