Food Allergy

Some students residing on campus may have a food-related disability that limits their ability to fully and equally participate in our meal program. Examples of these may be an autoimmune disease such as celiac disease or allergies to products such as nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, etc.  These students may need dietary modifications or an exception to the rule requiring on-campus students to participate in the meal plan.  Possible modifications are available.
  All reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case, individual basis by the Disability Services Director in consultation with the student, Dining Services and when necessary, medical professionals, to obtain other helpful information.  Not all disorders are necessarily disabilities, however, all documentation given by student will be taken into consideration.

First Step

  • Please contact Dining Services to determine availability of specific foods served in the Dining Commons (DC).  You may access their website, or contact the manager at, or call 805-565-6082 and ask to speak with the dining commons manager.

For students desiring accommodations or modifications in the meal plan, students must follow the designated procedures with the Office of Disability Services.  It is the students’ responsibility to initiate this process and follow all the same steps listed on the main website pages. Next steps are clarified below.

Next Steps