Special Diets

Syracuse University Food Services is committed to meeting the nutritional needs of our campus community. 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!


Before you go to college food allergy information from FAACT (Food Allergy and Connection Team.)

Syracuse University Meal Plan Policy

All Syracuse University students residing in residence halls on north campus or in Skyhalls are required to be on 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 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
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Food allergies
  • Food intolerances
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  •  Sensitivity
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Diets
  • Weight reduction*

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

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

Medical 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.

Medically Restricted Diet Documentation

If you are in need of a medically restricted diet for a diagnosed condition, Food Services will need a letter from a licensed primary healthcare provider or a specialty physician with relevant experience treating the diagnosed condition.

Email letter to Ruth Sullivan resulliv@syr.edu

Or, mail the letter to:

Ruth Sullivan, SU Food Services, 201 Ainsley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13244

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:
  • *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

All Syracuse University dining centers have separate areas that have gluten free foods for students. If there is a specific item that you prefer, please let us know and we will do our best to provide it for you. You may talk to the dining center manager, or send your request to mealtalk@syr.edu. If you have concerns about our gluten free foods or eating in the dining center, please contact our registered dietitian at 315.443.9884 to discuss gluten free options.

Cook Chill and Production Kitchen

Foods prepared in the commissary Cook Chill and Production Kitchen are peanut and tree nut (except coconut) free. Foods made here include soups, stews, deli and specialty salads, entrees, and grab-and-go items.