About the Lesley University Agreement and Potential Implications for Individuals with Food Allergies

On December 21, 2013, the Justice Department entered into an agreement with Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to ensure that its students with celiac disease and other food allergies can fully and equally enjoy the university’s food services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lesley University previously required all students living on campus to participate in, and pay for, its meal service plan – even if some students with severe allergies could not eat the food available through the plan without risk of illness. Under the Agreement, Lesley has made modifications to its meal plan to allow students with food allergies to take advantage of its food services. The Agreement also requires Lesley to consider exempting from its mandatory plan students who cannot, because of disability, take full advantage of the University’s meal service plan.

Among other things, Lesley University agreed to:

Provide gluten-free and allergen-free food options in its dining hall food lines in addition to its standard meal options;

Allow students with known allergies to pre-order allergen-free meals;

Display notices concerning food allergies and identify foods containing specific allergens;

Train food service and university staff about food allergy-related issues;

Provide a dedicated space in its main dining hall to store and prepare gluten-free and allergen-free foods; and

Work to retain vendors that accept students’ prepaid meal cards that also offer food without allergens.

 

Here is a link to more information.  http://www.ada.gov/q&a_lesley_university.htm