In consultation with the Primary Care Health Service (Dr. Marjorie Seidenfeld, Medical Director)--Disability Services (Morgan Murray, Director) and Dining Services (Goldi Juer, Director of Operations) serve as co-chairs of a working group on food allergies and work closely to assist students with diagnosed food allergies in determining reasonable accommodations. As with all other students with disabilities, students must first register with ODS and present appropriate disability documentation as per the ODS Disability Documentation Guidelines the Model Template.
For both first-year and upper-class students with food allergies who live in residence halls with required meal plans, student needs are responded to on a case-by-case basis; however, it is important to note that there are *no* exemptions from the required meal plan. With careful advance planning and teamwork between the student and our working group--in consultation with the student's clinician--we have been able to respond effectively and creatively in a variety of individual situations.
We work with students with a variety of food allergies on an individual basis--procuring appropriate and supplemental foods if/when possible. Both Dining Services and Disability Services maintain an ongoing list of self-identified students with food allergies--and students are also encouraged to keep us informed about ongoing needs or any problems that arise. Because Disability Services and Dining Services are located in close proximity to each other and to the cafeteria (Hewitt Hall)--communication lines are easily kept open. Goldi Juer and Susan Quinby meet on a regular basis to address needs and concerns.
Upper class students with diagnosed disabilities may wish to submit a Disability Housing Request (DHR) for access to a room assignment with kitchen access. All requests are reviewed in spring (for returning students) and summer (for newly admitted students) by the Disability Housing Committee which includes representatives from Disability Services, Furman Counseling Center, Primary Care Health Service and Residential Life--joined by the First-Year Dean for review of first-year student requests.