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The College of Wooster And The Gluten-Free College Student


Updated August 12, 2008

In June 2008, members of The National Association of College & University Food Services were invited to tell about the resources available at their institutions for the gluten-free college student with celiac disease. Below is information provided by Marjorie Shamp, Food Safety, Sanitation and Preparation Training Specialist at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

What advice would you give to a high school senior with celiac disease who is applying to college?

Go to the college website and look up contact information for the school's dining services staff. Call or email and ask whether that school currently makes accommodations for any students with your condition. During college visits, ask to speak to a food service manager about accommodations for people with food restrictions. Offer them resources where they can learn more about your condition.

What special accommodations would your school’s dining services be able to make to feed a student with celiac disease?

All food items served have ingredient information posted at the food station so students can make informed choices. We currently offer gluten-free breads, pasta and other food items on a regular basis for students with gluten intolerance. We have a dedicated area in the dining hall where "special" food items are displayed for easy access. I frequently meet with students with special dietary needs throughout the school year to discuss whether their needs are being met.

Are students allowed to have cooking appliances in the freshmen dorms (such microwaves, hotplates, toaster ovens, etc.)?

Most dorms have small kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves.

What special resources, if any, are available at your school for students with special dietary requirements?

Our student wellness center nurses can offer assistance and often refer students to us for consultation. We currently do not have a dietitian on staff.

Can you provide a contact number (or email address) for celiac students who want more information?

Marjorie Shamp -- mshamp@wooster.edu or 330-263-2106

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