A mixed methods approach to examining food allergy accommodation efforts in colleges and universities

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2016-01-01
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Abdelmassih, Kelly
Rajagopal, Lakshman
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Arendt, Susan
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Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management provides an interdisciplinary look into areas of aesthetics, leadership, event planning, entrepreneurship, and multi-channel retailing. It consists of four majors: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Event Management; Family and Consumer Education and Studies; and Hospitality Management.

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The Department of Apparel, Education Studies, and Hospitality Management was founded in 2001 from the merging of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies; the Department of Textiles and Clothing, and the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

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2001 - present

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  • College of Human Sciences (parent college)
  • Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies (predecessor)
  • Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management (predecessor)
  • Department of Textiles and Clothing (predecessor)
  • Trend Magazine (student organization)

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This study examined food allergy accommodation practices and policies in colleges and universities (CU) using a two-phase explanatory sequential mixed methods design. Seventy-six (22.2% response) foodservice professionals responded to a national survey; 11 of whom participated in follow-up interviews. Most (74%) questionnaire participants reported departmental level food allergy policies existed at their institutions while 34% of participants reported presence of institutional level policies. Differences in the likelihood of published policies existed according to institutional demographic characteristics (e.g. institution type, foodservice management type), however findings suggest variability in CU foodservice professionals’ approaches to accommodations, regardless of policy presence.

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This accepted article is published as Abdelmassih, K, Rajagopal, L. and Arendt, S. A mixed methods approach to examining food allergy accommodation efforts in college and universities. Journal of Foodservice Management and Education, 10(2), 26-34. Posted with permission.

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