Managing Food Allergies and Intolerances

Cornell University encourages students with food allergies and gluten intolerance to be self-advocates in managing their dietary conditions. By registering with Student Disability Services (SDS), you and SDS can identify the appropriate campus referrals for notification and assistance with dietary management. If you use Cornell Dining venues, you will be referred to the appropriate Cornell Dining staff who will assist with addressing your dietary concerns at Cornell Dining venues. There is always the possibility of accidental exposure to foods which may result in an allergic reaction. This risk can be greatly reduced on campus when we work together to manage the risk. 

Student’s Actions 

  • Register with Student Disability Services
  • Submit appropriate medical documentation supporting need for dietary accommodations 
  • Complete a Food Allergy and Intolerance Notification Form (pdf) and submit to SDS. 
  • Provide copies of the completed Food Allergy and Intolerance Notification Form to university faculty and staff, as appropriate (e.g., athletic coaches, instructors in courses where food is present or served, employers). 
  • Meet with the appropriate Cornell Dining staff to discuss allergy/dietary restrictions (if using Cornell Dining venues) (contact: diningnutrition@cornell.edu). 
  • Complete the Food Accommodation Agreement provided by Cornell Dining. Meet with Cornell Dining Chefs and/or Management as deemed necessary by Cornell Dining. 
  • Be proficient in the self-management of the allergic condition including: 
    • Wear a medical alert ID 
    • Avoid unsafe foods 
    • Recognize symptoms of allergic reactions 
    • Inform fellow students, faculty or staff of an allergy-related emergency 
    • Know how to properly use medications to treat an allergic reaction 
    • Carry necessary prescribed medications at all times 
  • Inform SDS, or the Cornell Dining at diningnutrition@cornell.edu, if a reaction has occurred or if any access barriers are encountered while engaging in dining and dietary plan. 
  • Inform SDS or the Cornell Dining if the plan that has been established does not work so that problems can be resolved in a timely manner. 

University’s Actions 

  • SDS will provide information to students on how to inform appropriate campus contacts of the allergy condition and the potential need for emergency treatment. 
  • SDS will refer student to the appropriate Cornell Dining staff. 
  • SDS and Cornell Dining will provide information to appropriate residential and food venue staff regarding food allergies that can result in an emergency. 
  • SDS and Cornell Dining will review food management plan with student if reaction is reported (Note: not all dining venues on campus are operated by Cornell Dining). 
  • SDS and Cornell Dining will check on student periodically to evaluate dietary plan and need for any changes to best accommodate needs.