Dietary Accommodations

Request for Dietary-based Disability Accommodation

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Dickinson College has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have access to reasonable on-campus dietary accommodations. 

Students (and parents) should bear in mind that, as a four-year residential college, all students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Students in need of dietary accommodations should not expect an exemption from this meal plan requirement. Dietary accommodations can be facilitated through Dining Services where every reasonable effort will be made to support students’ documented dietary needs, while maintaining Dickinson’s core belief that dining with fellow students is an important facet of life at a residential college. Dietary accommodations that are currently available through Dining Services include gluten-free and lactose-free options, meals for vegan diets, a Star-K-certified kosher kitchen, and the ability to request alternative meals.  Dickinson is committed to removing barriers to full participation in the Dickinson community, and the Dietary Accommodations Committee will make every effort to accommodate students with dietary-based disabilities and maintain accessibility to Dining Services options. 

Procedures for Requesting a  Dietary-based Accommodation  

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  1. Submit a Disability Disclosure and Accommodation Request electronically through the ACCOMMODATE platform.
  2. Send Documentation of the Disability - Consult our Documentation Guidelines for the requirements of each specific disability. These materials may be submitted by either the student or the student's healthcare provider.
  3. Send the Dietary-based Disability Documentation Form to the student's health care provider for completion. The healthcare provider should return the form directly to Disability Services and may not be a relative of the applicant.
  4. Schedule a meeting with Mark Yohe, Assistant Director of Dining Services, to discuss dietary needs. Mr. Yohe may be reached by calling 717-245-1318 or by sending an email to yohem@dickinson.edu.

Documentation and requests should be submitted to Marni Jones, Director of Disability Services, by any one of the following means:

Fax:     717-245-1618
Email:  disabilityservices@dickinson.edu
Mail:   Office of Disability Services
           PO Box 1773 - Biddle House
           Carlisle, PA 17013

Deadlines

  • July 31st for the Fall Semester
  • December 31st for the Spring Semester

Applications will not be considered until all documentation has been received. While applications submitted after these dates will be accepted and considered, Dickinson College cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester.  

Requests will be considered by the Dietary Accommodations Committee, which is comprised of representatives from the offices of Disability Services, Dining Services, the Wellness Center, and other professional consultants, as needed. If follow-ups with care providers are needed, this may require additional time for an accommodation determination to be made. Students are informed of the status of their request by the Committee as soon as reasonably possible.