U.S. College Directory: Comparing Food Allergy & GF Policies-Wisconsin

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Published: November 22, 2016

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Disability Services

  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    No medical documentation required.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Only required if the person needs a housing accommodation, e.g. a peanut free room. Not required for dining hall accommodations.
  3. Food allergy fair or similar event at start of year?

Dining Services

  1. Dietitian or dining services staff available for a meeting before applying?
  2. Is ingredient or allergen information onsite/online?
    Yes; www.housing.wisc.edu
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes, 3 times per year.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Not usually, but can be arranged.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?

  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?

Residential Housing

  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
    No, but the dietitian’s number is shown and they are encouraged to call.
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No. But student supervisors and dining managers are trained on allergic reactions and EpiPen administration.
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
    No, UW-Madison is strictly retail-based. You only pay for what you take.
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    Not as part of UW’s process. However, there is an online roommate searching tool. Two food allergy students can request each other as roommates.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    We have no rooms with kitchenettes, but each residence hall has a kitchen that students can use.


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