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Disability Resources for Students

Medical Related Dietary Restrictions

Overview

UW Dining provides many options in campus dining venues for customers with specific dietary impacts and/or restrictions, however our normal offerings may not meet everyone’s needs. Housing & Food Services and Disability Resources for Students partner in supporting students through two options.

Step 1: Set up a Housing & Food Services Dietary Consultation

If you have any challenges navigating menu offerings, or are in need of additional support, schedule a dining consultation with UW HFS Dining Wellness Specialist, Joyce Bumgarner, at joyceb@uw.edu or 206-543-6023.

  1. Student completes the Undergraduate or Graduate UW Housing Application profile and check box stating “I have a special dietary need and I have/plan to contact UW Dining for a consultation”
  2. Student connects with UW Dining Wellness Specialist, Joyce Bumgarner, at joyceb@uw.edu or 206-543-6023
  3. Examples of items to work with the HFS Wellness Specialist:
    • Guidance about navigating our regular food service platforms
    • Access and assignment to our special allergen kitchens
    • Totes for storage in refrigerators/freezers for personal specialty items
    • Specially prepared meals (soon to be available through online ordering)

Step 2: Requesting accommodations for Medical Dietary Restrictions

  1. UW student meets with HFS Wellness Specialist and outstanding needs are still identified and referred to DRS
  2. UW Student completes the Steps to Receive Housing Accommodations
    • For a food allergy/restriction to rise to the level of a disability we need information on the level of impact to your student health and ability to eat safely on campus. Healthcare providers need to address these questions:
      • What you are restricted from consuming. Food allergens include but are not limited to the big 8 of: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish.
      • Impact it has to your health/severity of what happens with exposure, including potential recovering time if impact is severe
      • If there are different types of exposure that impact you such as touch, ingestion, and/or air borne exposure
      • Medication you take if needed (i.e. EpiPen) and impacts of this for you while on campus
  3. Disability Resources for Students(DRS) and Housing and Food Services(HFS) partner together to reasonably accommodate
    • Accommodations requests are reviewed and approved based on the disability or health condition, severity of  reaction and impact to major life activities such as, but not limited to; breathing, sleeping or eating.

Additional Resources

If you want to find a roommate with similar needs (i.e. peanut allergies) you are encouraged to review UW Housing roommate’s page. If you find a roommate after submitting your UW Housing application, you may edit your preferences in the housing application until noted deadlines.