Meal Plan Modification

Overview

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) works collaboratively with the Department of Dining Services, Residential Life and Student Health Services in order to provide accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. According to the terms and conditions of the On-Campus Housing Contract, “All Storrs residents residing in non-apartment spaces (including Cordial Storrs House, the Nathan Hale Inn and Husky Village) are required to purchase a resident meal plan. Students residing in on-campus apartments and University Farm Houses are not required to purchase a resident meal plan, and may purchase any meal plan including options available to commuters”. The On-Campus Housing contract is available at http://reslife.uconn.edu/housing-contract-forms/.

Students with documented disabilities for whom eating in a dining hall is not viable due to medically necessitated dietary requirements may request a meal plan modification. Students should contact CSD to request a Meal Plan Modification within the first 3 weeks of the semester. A Meal Plan Modification request submitted after the 3rd week of the semester may result in a delay in coordinating the accommodation.

Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional (DSP) at the CSD, or Bryanna Anderson, Assistant Director, at (860) 486-2020 or bryanna.anderson@uconn.edu with any questions regarding this accommodation.

Students Requesting a Meal Plan Modification

Procedures for Requesting a Meal Plan Modification

1: Register online with the CSD by logging into the student MyAccess portal at https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/ OR click here:

Your NetID and password are required for registration.

You may download a paper version of the online registration form here: CSD Accommodations Request Form.pdf. Mail, fax or deliver completed forms to the CSD (office location, mailing address, and fax listed below).

2: CSD-MyAccess will send an email confirmation to your UConn email account once registration is complete. This email includes a link to a Student Self-Report Form. Complete and submit the form electronically by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page. Use the form to provide us with information regarding your condition and how it affects you, including:

    1. A clear description of the Meal Plan Modification requested;
    2. An explanation of how the modification will mitigate your condition;
    3. Treatments, medications, devices or specific dietary needs currently prescribed or used to mitigate the impact of your condition.
    4. A statement of the level of need for (or consequences of not receiving) the modification.

3: Provide documentation regarding your condition(s) to the CSD, which explains the need for accommodations. Guidelines for documentation are available here: Documentation Guidelines. You should share the Documentation Guidelines with your treatment provider who can best describe the nature of the condition(s) and how it affects you, including:

    1. A clear description of the meal plan modification requested;
    2. An explanation of how the modification will mitigate your condition;
    3. Treatments, medications, devices or specific dietary needs currently prescribed or used to mitigate the impact of your condition.
    4. A statement of the level of need for (or consequences of not receiving) the modification.
  • You may confidentially submit documentation by any of the following methods:
Upload through MyAccess: https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu/
By E-mail: myaccess-csd@uconn.edu
By Fax: (860) 486-4412
In Person: Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204
By Mail: Timothy Smagacz
Center for Students with Disabilities
University of Connecticut
233 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4174
Storrs, CT 06269-4174

4: Contact your Disability Service Professional (DSP) to schedule an appointment. Once you complete the online registration in MyAccess, CSD-MyAccess will email you with the name and contact information of your DSP. Call the CSD at (860) 486-2020 to schedule an appointment (either in-person or over the phone) with your DSP to discuss your request for accommodations to engage in the interactive process.

5: CSD will determine an appropriate accommodation, or notify you if a meeting with a Dining Services designee is necessary to discuss modification options in the dining halls based on your specific dietary needs.  A University nutritionist may also attend this meeting to offer additional suggestions.  Dining Services will contact you directly to schedule a meeting if needed.

6: If you meet with a Dining Services designee, Dining Services will notify your DSP the results of that conversation.  Your DSP will email you regarding the outcome of your Meal Plan Modification request and next steps.

7: If after meeting with a Dining Services designee you feel that the dining halls cannot accommodate your dietary needs, notify your DSP by email or phone. The CSD will review all documentation and conversations with regards to your request. If appropriate, your DSP will bring your request to the Meal Plan Accommodations Review Committee for review. This Committee may include individuals from the Center for Students with Disabilities, Dining Services, University Nutrition Services, Residential Life and Student Health Services.  The Committee issues final decisions regarding an appropriate Meal Plan Modification after considering all the information provided throughout the interactive process, and the capacity of Dining Services to accommodate your need.

Only students with documented disabilities for whom eating in the dining halls is not viable, qualify for Meal Plan Modifications.

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet with your DSP at CSD to discuss your need for a Meal Plan Modification;
  • Meet with a Dining Services designee to discuss your need and collaborate on designing an appropriate meal plan, if needed;
  • Follow the meal plan you and Dining Services outline in order to receive your Meal Plan Modification, if indicated;
  • Contact your DSP if your condition changes and/or your Meal Plan Modification is not working for you.

Responsibilities

CSD Responsibilities

  • Meet with students to engage in the interactive process and determine if a Meal Plan Modification is indicated;
  • Communicate with Dining Services about a student when appropriate regarding a Meal Plan Modification;
  • Notify student with determination of requested modification and next steps as indicated;
  • Convene the Meal Plan Modification Review Committee when needed.

Dining Services Responsibilities

  • Meet with students upon CSD’s request to discuss Meal Plan Modification options;
  • Determine Dining Services’ capacity to address students’ dietary needs;
  • Collaborate with student to outline a meal plan to provide Meal Plan Modification for students when needed;
  • Communicate with CSD regarding Dining Services’ capacity to address students’ dietary needs and Meal Plan Modification when needed.
  • Participate on the Meal Plan Modification Review Committee when needed.

Additional Information

Resources

FARE College: Food Allergy Program
Food Allergy Research & Education organization launched the College Food Allergy Program with the goal of developing a comprehensive program to improve the safety and quality of life for college students with food allergies.