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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 and medical conditions for which meal plan accommodations can be arranged:

  • Anemia
  • Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’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.


Syracuse University Food Services also provides kosher and halal meals to students under the current meal plan. If you are interested in kosher meals, we encourage you to contact the manager at Shaw Dining Center for more information, 315.443.2383.

Halal foods are available in all dining centers. Menu items are indicated in the key on our online menu. You may also scan the QR code on the labels in the dining centers to determine if a menu item is halal. Food Services has been working steadily to increase the variety of halal foods in all of the dining centers. In addition, our current recipes are under review to determine how they may be produced as halal.

Vegan at Syracuse University

Syracuse University has a large vegan menu.  Each dining center has a vegan line that serves a variety of vegan foods including healthy proteins, carbohydrates and fats.  Other vegan foods available throughout the dining center including, breads, cereals, salad, fruit, and vegetables.

Our vegan menu does not contain:

  • animal products
  • gelatin
  • honey
  • white sugar (We use sucanat and vegan sugar to the best of our ability. This will depend on our manufactures and their ability to get vegan sugar.)

Each food services facility has vegan options and customers can suggest vegan foods as well at mealtalk@syr.edu or by talking with the staff at any facility.

Syracuse University has a full-time registered dietitian who can work with customers to get the vegan foods they want.  If you have any questions, you can reach out to our registered dietitian at mealtalk@syr.edu.

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 processing without our knowledge.

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