Special Needs

students walking near the gluten free area of Graham Dining

Syracuse University Food Services is committed to meeting the nutritional needs of our
campus students. We pride ourselves in working one-on-one with students who have
food allergies and medically prescribed diets. Food Allergy training is provided by
Ruth Sullivan, our full time registered dietitian to managers and dining staff to help
ensure a safe and satisfying dining experience.

If you have dietary needs due to medical reasons, family medical history and/or food
allergies, we strongly encourage you to contact us before you come to campus. That
will help us be better prepared to accommodate your nutritional requirements when you
arrive. We look forward to welcoming you to Syracuse University!

Please send a letter documenting your food allergy, food intolerance or special diet to
the following:

  1. Syracuse University Food Services, 201 Ainsley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13244
  2. Syracuse University Health Services, 111 Waverly Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244

To help us access your nutritional needs, please fill out the Allergy Form.

Be Prepared

If you have food allergies or a special diet, it is in your responsibility to:

  • Call 315.443.9884 to speak with the registered dietitian at Food Services before your arrival on campus to discuss the specifics of your diet.
  • Send a letter documenting your food allergy, food intolerance, or special diet to Syracuse University Food Services, 201 Ainsley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13244.
  • Obtain appropriate and up-to-date allergy medication if prescribed and to carry it at all times.
  • Be sure to read Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Managing Food Allergies at College.
  • Have an emergency plan. Here is an example.
  • Wear a MedicAlert® bracelet or other type of identification that alerts others of your allergy in case of an emergency.
  • Know whom to call in case of an emergency. In case of an emergency call:
  • *711 from a campus phone.
  • *911 from an off-campus phone
  • *#SU from a cellphone with local service.

Food Allergy Disclaimer

Syracuse University Food Services treats food allergies and celiac disease seriously. Food Services employees work one-on-one with students with food allergies and celiac disease to avoid cross-contact and allergic reactions.

Please be advised that our menu items may contain gluten and the Big 8 allergens (Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, Soy, Peanuts, and Tree nuts) or have come in contact with items containing gluten or the Big 8 allergens. In addition, food manufacturers may change their formulation or manner of processsing without our knowledge.

Syracuse University Food Services will assume no liability for any adverse reactions that may occur in the dining facilities.

Gluten-Free/Celiac Disease

Syracuse University Food Services provides gluten free meals to students under the current meal plan. All the dining centers have areas that are certified gluten free by Kitchens with Confidence.  Please contact our registered dietitian at 315-443-9884 to discuss gluten free options.

 

Kosher/Halal

 

Syracuse University Food Services also provides Kosher and Halal meals to students under the current meal plan. If you are interested in these meals, we encourage you to contact the manager at Shaw Dining Center for more information.

 

Syracuse University Meal Plan Policy

 

All Syracuse University students residing in residence halls on north campus or in Skyhalls on south campus are required to purchase a Syracuse University Meal Plan, including those with special nutritional needs. Syracuse University employs a registered dietitian to work one-on-one with students who have special diets or with medically prescribed diets.

The following list represents some of the special diets ad medical conditions for which meal plan accommodations can be arranged:

  • Anemia
  • Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity
  • Colitis
  • Crohon’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Elevated Triglycerides
  • Food Allergies
  • Food Intolerances
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Disease
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Diets
  • Weight Reduction*

*Please note: Enrollment in a commercial weight loss program or diets that are considered preferred avoidance are not valid reasons for meal plan exemption. Syracuse University dietitians are available to assist those students requiring weight management.

Documentation from your medical doctor needs to be provided to the Registered Dietitian in Food Services for special accommodation requests.

Syracuse University Food Services is committed to delivering quality food and service to our students. Food Services continually strives to meet the needs of all students, including those with special nutritional requirements.

Please contact our Registered Dietitian, Ruth Sullivan, for information on accommodating a special diet at resulliv@syr.edu or 315.443.9884.