The Catholic University of America

National Association of College and University Attorneys                            August 27, 2014 | Vol. 12 No. 7

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: APPLYING THE ADA TO STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Claudia Trotch

INTRODUCTION:

 

Approximately fifteen million Americans have food allergies, and that number is increasing.  As awareness of food allergies grows, so does the demand for colleges and universities to accommodate students with these allergies.  The demand is coming not just from students and parents; Congress and government agencies have broadened legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to include food allergies and other dietary issues.  Indeed, a 2012 settlement agreement between the Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Lesley University suggests that institutions must adapt their approach to food allergy management by implementing procedures to help keep students with food allergies safe at campus dining establishments and to ensure that students with food allergies have a dining experience comparable to that of their peers. Read More.