Food Allergy Accommodations
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. A range of 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, and when necessary, medical professionals, to obtain other helpful information. Not all disorders are necessarily disabilities, however, all documentation and student input is taken into consideration.
- You are encouraged to contact Dining Services to determine availability of specific foods served in the dining commons. You may access their website, or contact the manager at http://www.westmontdining.com/people/index.html
- Or call 805-565-6082 and ask to speak with the dining commons manager
- You may also receive more information about food allergies at Food Allergy Research & Education site (FARE) http://www.foodallergy.org/managing-food-allergies/at-college
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. http://www.westmont.edu/_offices/disability/. However, the steps are clarified below.
Steps to take:
- Read over material on Disability Services website. Follow all the steps listed. You may also meet to ask questions with the Director of Disability Services.
- Print out Functional Impairment due to a Medical Condition documentation form, to be filled out by your health-care provider. http://www.westmont.edu/_offices/disability/documents/FunctionalImpairmentDocumentation12.pdf
- 3 Forms: Student needs to print out and complete the Disability Services application, Confidentiality Agreement, and the Food and Ingredient List.
The Food and Ingredient List
- Return documents to Disability Services by fax, mail, email (scan and send as attachment) or in person
- Make an appointment with Director of Disability Services
- Student and director will meet to discuss possible reasonable accommodations
- If a student qualifies with Disability Services, a letter will be written for the student to deliver to those needing to know of specific accommodations