Dining Services recognizes that mealtimes can provide a social opportunity to enjoy good food, conversation, and relaxation from a busy day. Thus, Dining Services operates numerous facilities that offer a variety of foods that include "home-cooked" meals, snacks, and "meals on the run" that promote a healthy lifestyle. However, these healthy options may include foods that some individuals find disagreeable. Dining Services seeks to provide food alternatives when these preferences are the result of a food allergy.
This 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 will be available to meet with students to discuss food allergies. After reviewing menus, recipes and food labels with the student, the Dining Services representative shall assist the student with alternate food choices.
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.
When a student is suspected to have an allergic reaction, a staff member shall call 911. The staff member should provide the address of the dining center and state that a customer is having an allergic reaction. A staff member should stay with the individual until medical help arrives. Someone else should be sent to watch for and direct medical personnel to the customer in need.
If the student carries an Epi-Pen, they may use it in event of an allergic reaction. A staff member shall immediately call 911.