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U.S. Colleges Directory: Comparing Food Allergy & GF Policies–Louisiana

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Tulane University 

Disability Services

  1. Doctor’s note with medical documentation required for accommodations?
    Yes. But for meal plan accommodations, students are accommodated directly through Dining Services, and student health, when indicated.
  2. Paperwork filed with disabilities office required for accommodations?
    Yes, for housing 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, menu boards include alerts for top 8 allergens and gluten in Bruff Commons (dining hall) and Bruff to Go. Menus with allergen information are also available online.
  3. Dining staff trained regularly on food allergy, celiac disease, cross-contact?
    Yes, we use the AllerTrain U and AllerTrain Lite curriculum and certification process. We also do continued training through Sodexo developed materials.
  4. Pre-made allergy-friendly meals available?
    Yes, students can find pre-made gluten- and nut-free meals, and gluten- and nut-free products in My Zone. Hot meals are provided at the Simple Servings station.
  5. Ingredient substitutions available?
  6. Separate utensils and separate area in kitchen for
    food allergy/celiac orders?

    Yes, meals made in dietary kitchen are free from top 7 of the top 8 food allergens and gluten and made using special purple equipment by specially trained employees.
  7. All dining halls able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Yes, our main dining hall has a Simple Servings Station which eliminates 7 of the top 8 food allergies and gluten. Food served at Simple Servings is protected against cross-contact and is prepared in our dietary kitchen area. The Simple Servings Station is accessible to all students.
  8. All retail sites able to accommodate allergies, gluten-free diet?
    Most retail sites offer a gluten-friendly option, meaning the products are naturally gluten-free, but are not protected against cross-contact at this time.  Retail managers, chefs, and supervisors have been AllerTrain Certified.

Residential Housing

  1. Area on housing form to indicate food allergies/celiac disease?
  2. Resident Assistants trained on allergic reactions, auto-injector administration?
    No, prefer that RAs do not administer medicine or touch residents.
  3. On-campus residence required in first year?
    Two-year residency requirement.
  4. Meal plans required if in on-campus housing?
  5. Possible to group food allergy students as roommates?
    No, do not collect food allergy information.
  6. Microwaves/mini-fridge allowed in rooms?
    Yes. Mini-fridge with attached microwave provided in all residence hall rooms.
  7. Room with kitchenette available, even if freshman?
    Depends. Have apartments with kitchens for upperclass; first-year students considered if it is an accommodation. All the buildings have kitchens in them.


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