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Policies & Procedures

Procedures for Dietary Accommodations

Cornell University encourages students with food allergies and special dietary requirements to be self-advocates in managing their dietary conditions. By registering with Student Disability Services (SDS), the student and SDS can identify the appropriate campus referrals for notification and assistance with dietary management.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Review the document: Managing Food Allergies and Intolerances for an overview of the actions students with disabilities and the University would take in managing food allergies and intolerances.   
  2. Register with Student Disability Services by completing a "Disability Self-Disclosure and Request for Access Accommodations Form." New students should complete the form online via the New Student's website ( Summer College and continuing Cornell students will find the request form by clicking on "Register with SDS" on our website at:  Upon registering, you will have access to “SDS Online Services” to submit further documentation.
  3. Submit medical documentation that has been completed by an appropriate professional to verify your condition and specific dietary needs or restrictions. For non-allergy medical conditions that impact dietary needs, complete the "Medical Documentation of a Physical, Medical, or Sensory Disability" form. For food allergy disabilities, please complete the "Medical Documentation of Asthma, Environmental Allergy, or Food Allergy Disabilities" form. Medical documentation can either be uploaded in "SDS Online Services" or faxed to SDS at 607.255.1562.
  4. Complete the Food Allergy and Intolerance Notification Form and upload to "SDS Online Services" after you register with SDS. There is a check box on this form where you can grant permission for the form to be shared with the Cornell Dining Dietician and Residential Programs Staff (if residing in on-campus housing) if desired.

If you are determined eligible for SDS services and/or accommodations, you will be assigned a SDS Counselor who will refer you to the Cornell Dining Dietician to discuss and plan for managing allergy/dietary restrictions.