Guidance Available – How to seek out assistance

Wesleyan University's residential meal plan program does not permit for individualized menus; however, we will work to reasonably accommodate each student and will handle on a case-by-case basis. Our board meal plans have intentionally been developed to offer flexibility and variety to reasonably meet most dietary needs and preferences.

Our process:

There is a professional team of individuals who have been trained to handle food allergy accommodation requests.

  • For incoming students, start by including allergy or dietary condition information on the Health Form packet. Please contact Davison Health Center staff at healthforms@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions.
  • Contact Dining Services at dining@wesleyan.edu to meet with key staff.
  • Register with Disability Resources which entails the following steps:
    • Submit a Notification Form to alert Disability Resources that you will be requesting accommodations.
    • Have your physician complete a provider form outlining your diagnosed disability and impact on major life functions and forward this to Disability Resources

Resource contacts:

email dining@wesleyan.edu with anyquestions you have at anytime. Responses will be received within 24 hours and are reviewed by:

Michelle Myers-Brown, Ph.D. Director, Usdan University Center, campus dining liaison

Michael Strumpf, Bon Appétit Resident District Manager

Thomas McLarney, M.D. Campus Physician

Daniele Rossner, MS RD Bon Appétit Dietitian

Bon Appétit Managers are also always on the floor of the Marketplace and Summerfields dining facilities and are available to answer questions during all meal periods. Meeting in advance with the above listed team will also allow individuals the chance  to meet the individuals with whom they will be working with to safely navigate the Bon Appetit dining areas. If any of these individuals are unavailable to answer your questions, please use good personal judgement; make food selections on the side of caution; and if there is ever a question, please avoid consuming.

Additional Resources:

https://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/disabilities/foodallergies.html

EASY club (Eating Allergy-Safe and Yummy) - Student run organization.  Whether you have been dealing with allergies all your life, or have been recently diagnosed, a community of understanding and support can be incredibly helpful. That’s where EASY comes in. EASY is dedicated to supporting students with any type of eating restriction. Our members have Celiac Disease (mandatory gluten-free diet), as well as allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities to foods ranging from the big eight to more uncommon items, such as artificial colors and onions. We come together to cook EASY meals every week.  At these meals, students can relax and connect with other students, knowing that their food will be completely allergen safe. These meals will also serve as a forum to discuss any questions, concerns, or problems faced while eating in Bon Appétit catered locations, like the Usdan Marketplace, Usdan Cafe, or Pi Cafe. We will then work with the Bon Appétit management to discuss how requests can be accommodated.  EASY provides resources for both incoming and returning students. We know who to contact regarding any questions you may have, and we can give you as much assistance as you need. We are happy to discuss our individual allergy experiences at Wesleyan with you. EASY is here to support you!

In addition, this fall, we are excited to begin creating a comprehensive review of the restaurants in the Middletown area, specifically focused on how well they handle various food restrictions.

You can reach us at: rsobelsohn@wesleyan.edu and inewman@wesleyan.edu