Progress Made for College Students with Food Allergies
In the past few articles we’ve been talking a lot about navigating the dining hall with special diets. At different colleges and universities this is easier said than done. Last week, news broke that students at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had won a lawsuit against the school, forcing the dining halls to treat food allergies as a disability. Now, everything from peanut allergies to gluten sensitivity must be addressed in the dining halls, offering safe options for everyone.
After this settlement with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, allergies fall under the American Disability Act. Not only will more options be offered in the dining halls for students with allergies, but the universities will be forced to eliminate cross-contamination (particularly for gluten-free entrées).
Though Lesley is a very small college, hopefully, as a result of the settlement, we will start seeing bigger universities respect the same principles. Dining halls at colleges should be accessible for people with food allergies, just as they are for people with other disabilities especially considering that the number of food allergies, including gluten intolerance, is continuing to rise in the U.S.
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Photo courtesy of Swarthmore College.