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Dining & Meal Plan Accommodations

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On occasion, a student’s documented disability precludes them from participating in the meal plan associated with their housing.

The OAE and Dining Services partner to determine whether these students need a Meal Plan Exemption from the University’s standard meal plan.

Requests related to food allergies, dietary restrictions, or medical conditions managed with food control:

R&DE Stanford Dining has a robust variety of menu options for residents with food allergies, food restrictions and/or special diets. Staff nutritionists review all ingredients, recipes and menus for allergens, trains R&DE staff on food allergy accommodations and provides nutrition counseling and education for students to help with managing their dietary needs on campus. More information, including a list of identified allergens is available at Eat Well @ Stanford.  If your accommodation request is based on food restriction/access needs, we may refer you to work with a Stanford Dining nutritionist in order to determine the most appropriate housing and/or dining accommodation. If your needs cannot be met through the standard dining hall offerings or a personalized menu consultation with the R&DE nutritionists team, please include in your documentation a list of allergies or restricted foods, levels of sensitivity (airborne, oral ingestion, skin contact, etc.), severity of reactions, and a description of symptoms upon exposure.

NOTE: The Housing Accommodation Request Forms (HARF) for Summer 2022 & Academic Year 2022-2023 are available to students registered with the OAE at OAE | CONNECT. Log in to OAE | CONNECT at OAEconnect.stanford.edu and click on the "Housing & Dining Gear" for more information. 

If you are an undergraduate and would like to request housing accommodations specific to food and dining for the upcoming academic year, you must submit your Housing Accommodation Request Form (HARF) within the appropriate timelines as outlined here.

Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible as timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.  Similarly, it is the student's responsibility to notify the OAE as early as possible as to any problems experienced in the obtaining of housing accommodations and services.