Food Allerigies and Dietary Needs
Dining Services at the University of Northern Colorado strives to provide reasonable
accommodations for students with food allergies and specific dietary needs. We support
you by providing information to help you make informed food choices while dining on
For students who have food allergies and specific dietary needs, that piece of the
puzzle can often times be a bit more challenging.
We are committed to working closely with you to provide reasonable arrangements so
you can participate in the campus dining experience as much as possible. Your dietary
needs are personal, so we take into account your specific needs and help provide the
tools you need to actively manage your allergy or food-related medical condition within
the dining program here at UNC.
Your Health and Safety
- Notify Dining Services of your allergies and/or dietary needs.
- Provide medical documentation (if requested) to Disability Resource Center.
- Recognize common sources of, and avoid, foods to which you are allergic.
- Recognize symptoms of allergic reactions.
- Know how and when to tell someone you might be having an allergy-related problem.
- Manage your food allergies independently and be an advocate for yourself.
- If you have a roommate, it will be important for you to communicate effectively with
them about your concerns.
- Let your Neighborhood Coordinator and RA know about your food allergies so that, when
feasible, alternate food options can be provided.
- Be aware of your surroundings to reduce the risk of cross-contact. This is especially
important at our self-serve stations.
- If you are unsure about the ingredients in a dish, ask a manager for assistance and/or
information before consuming the food.
- Review the menus, recipe ingredients, and allergen information using the Everyday
- Properly use medications and carry emergency contact information with you.
- Review policies and procedures with Dining Services and your physician.
- In case of exposure, carry any medication (e.g., EpiPen, Benadryl, etc.) with you
at all times. Consider informing those you commonly dine with about your medical needs
in case of emergency.
There are many services and resources available to help you manage your food allergy/needs.
Here are a few examples:
- Informational Meetings: You can schedule a meeting with our Registered Dietitian (or any dining room manager)
to help you to develop an individual plan to navigate the dining rooms.
- Ask Questions: Our staff is available to help address ongoing questions and concerns. Ask the cashier
if you don't know who to talk to. They can get you in contact with a manager within
a minute or two.
- Our Dining Facilities: We are happy to give you a tour of the dry/cold food storage so you can review ingredients
personally (with advanced notice, of course).
- Everyday app: You can look at daily menus and nutritional information.
Specific Allergy Information
We safely serve customers with food allergies every day. We work hard to ensure all
managers and staff members participate in Food Allergen Awareness Training -- for
your safety and ours.
It is important to remember that we use manufacturer-provided information regarding
the presence of allergens; we do not confirm the lack of an allergen. As a result,
we may not be aware of ingredients that are in the food but not listed on the container
or packaging. We periodically review ingredients to verify labeling is consistent
with what is provided by the manufacturer. Ingredients listed may be subject to change
without notification. Please be sure to check our Everyday app before choosing food
which commonly contains anything you may be allergic to.
- Peanuts / Tree Nuts: Both peanuts and tree nuts may be present in desserts, sauces, condiments, and/or
- Milk: Milk and milk derivatives (casein, whey, lactose) are present in numerous products
which are used in our recipes. Soymilk and rice milk are available in each dining
room and are located in a separate area.
- Eggs: Eggs and egg derivatives (albumin, lysozyme, lecithin, ovalbumin) are present in
numerous products which are used in our recipes, including baked goods.
- Fish: Though fish recipes may be easily identified, sauces and ingredients (like Worcestershire
sauce and salad dressings) may contain fish.
- The Simple Servings food station is free of 8 of the 9 top allergens. Fish is the
only allergen served at that location.
- Crustacean Shellfish: Though shellfish may be easily identified, sauces and ingredients (like glucosamine)
may contain shellfish.
- Wheat: Common food additives listed on foods labels may appear as malt, food starch, and
gluten. Individually packaged foods like packets of jelly, butter, peanut butter,
and cream cheese may be used in our dining rooms to reduce the likelihood of cross-contact.
- Soy: Soy and soy derivatives are commonly used in food manufacturing and may be listed
as vegetable gum, soy lecithin, or vegetable protein (for example).
In Case of Emergency
We make every effort to provide you with the information you need to make decisions
about which foods to eat in the dining rooms. However, the possibility for a reaction
still exists in community dining. If you have been prescribed an auto injector, we
recommend you carry it with you at all times – especially when you're in the dining
If you are exhibiting symptoms of anaphylaxis, please get help immediately. If you
are in one of our dining locations, our management team will handle calling UNC Police
in the event of an emergency, so please let us know if you are in trouble. If you
can, administer your auto injector. Please don't go back to your room alone -- and
be sure to notify your Neighborhood Coordinator/RA as soon as possible about your
We are committed to helping you get the most out of your campus dining experience.
Contact us if you believe that you cannot manage your allergies/needs effectively
in the dining rooms. If you still believe that participating in the meal plan program
is not right for you, you can petition to be released from the meal plan requirement. You will be required to submit a petition that documents your rationale
for this request. Documentation from your treating physician is required to help the Disability Resource Center determine if you can be served by the dining program. Dining Services will then
evaluate if it is feasible to meet your expressed, documented needs.
If you are released from the meal plan, having access to appropriate kitchen and food
storage facilities is necessary. A room change may be required to facilitate the canceling
of the meal plan. If you are not released from the meal plan requirement, you may
be allowed to carry a lesser/upperclassmen meal plan.
For more information, please contact our Registered Dietitian at 970-351-1961 or email@example.com.For general information, you're always welcome to contact the main office at 970-351-2652.
Important Disclaimer: Please remember that we cannot 100% guarantee the accuracy of
nutrition information. Ingredient and nutrition content are pulled from the USDA food
database, and manufacturer/ingredients and are subject to change without our knowledge.
UNC Dining Services serves and uses the following products, among others, in meal
preparation: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and products
containing gluten and soy. Dietary information is available upon request. Students
who have dietary or allergy-related questions or concerns about any item offered by
Dining Services should contact the Dining Room Manager or the Dining Services Office.
For more information or if you would like further clarification regarding Dining Services
policies, please contact the Dining Services Office located in Tobey-Kendel Hall,
Room 187, call 970-351-2652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org×
Simple Servings is a specialty line, and one of our most popular food stations, providing
foods that are free of 8 of the 9 top allergens and is currently available at Holmes
Simple Servings Provides:
- Consistent health items that follow specific nutritional guidelines.
- Availability during lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner
on the weekends.
There are no milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, or wheat ingredients
used to prepare items on Simple Servings menus. Simple Servings items are prepared
in a facility and with equipment that could come into contact with these items. Our
staff is trained in preventing cross-contact of these items during preparation and
service of Simple Servings menu items. If you have allergy or dietary concerns, please
contact our Dining Services Main Office located in Tobey Kendel Hall, Room 187, call
970-351-2652 or email email@example.com.