Dietary Accommodation Process
The Ithaca College Policy Manual, section 126.96.36.199 states that, “All students residing in College housing facilities (with the exception of apartments in the Quads, College Circle, and Garden Apartments) must participate in the College meal plan.” Ithaca Dining Services offers numerous resident dining plan options along with a wide variety of services and specialty stations designed to meet the requirements of students with special dietary needs. These services are clearly outlined on the Ithaca College Dining Services web site at http://ithacadiningservices.com/documents/102113/SpecialtyDietonCampus_10-15-13LandscapeREVISED.pdf.
Meal plan exemptions and reductions can only be offered to students with a medical condition resulting in special dietary needs which can not be accommodated by the offerings provided by Dining Services. All students who seek a medical exemption or reduction need to first contact Ithaca College Dining Services for a meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 607-274-3904. Students will not be asked nor should they feel compelled to disclose their diagnosis with Dining Services. Consultation with Dining Services will focus on meeting the student’s nutritional needs by providing guidance to the wide range of services offered on campus. Following this consultation with Dining Services, any student who feels his or her nutritional needs (based on a medical condition) cannot be met by on campus should obtain an Application for Dietary Accommodation form from Dining Services.
Students seeking a medical accommodation must then submit a completed Application for Dietary Accommodation to the Hammond Health Center Business Office. The Hammond Health Center will then send the student’s application, a description of the services offered by Dining Services, and a Supporting Documentation for a Dietary Accommodation form to the student’s health care provider. The documentation request form will ask the provider to make the appropriate recommendations based on the student’s needs and on the services offered by dining. After the Health Center receives the documentation, a final decision will be made.
A meal plan exemption or reduction may take 3- 4 weeks to be processed. All applications that are approved will be re-evaluated yearly. A student may be asked to consult with dining at the end of each year to evaluate whether new services put in place by dining might be able to meet the student’s dietary needs.
If a housing accommodation is then needed, the student will then complete a Housing Accommodation Form and submit it to the Student Disability Services office.