Medically Required Diets and University Housing and Dining Facilities 

We want to ensure everyone dining with us has a safe experience. There are several options available for those with food allergies or other dietary requests. Laura Croteau, RD, LD, our registered dietitian, is available to help you with food allergies, navigating the market places, making a nutritious plate, NetNutrition®, and other nutrition-related questions. Contact Laura directly at (319) 353-2299 or for more information.

Additionally, the University of Iowa works to assist those with dietary needs in a variety of ways.

  • All food and menu items are clearly labeled with icons that state whether an item contains gluten and or the following allergens: milk, eggs, fish, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. For more allergen information, visit
  • Almond and soy milk are available for those who are lactose intolerant, have a milk allergy, or have a food preference.
  • There are clearly labeled vegetarian and vegan options available throughout our market places.
  • If you have a religious preference that excludes the consumption of pork or pork products, please speak with one of our dining team members. Halal beef and chicken are available upon request.
  • Each market place location has a chef that will prepare your meals in a controlled environment to reduce the risk of cross contact. For more information, please e-mail our dietitian directly at
  • Our market places each have a fridge with gluten-free products such as bread, buns, bagels, cookies, and other goodies. We also have gluten-free noodles, chicken tenders, and pizza available upon request.
  • Thrive, the allergy-free station in Burge Market Place, offers foods prepared exclusively with ingredients which do not contain gluten or the following allergens: milk, eggs, fish, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts.
  • Our staff are trained and certified on food allergies, celiac disease and food intolerances/sensitivities through AllerTrain.
  • Students are able to self-disclose at made-to-order stations in our market places so that proper procedures can be used to ensure safe cooking for that individual.
  • If your allergies are not included on sign labels, our dietitian will analyze the menu for you.
  • Please let one of our staff know if you are concerned about cross contact at your dining table and we will happily clean the area in attempt to remove allergen residue that may have been left.
  • Students may add a refrigerator to their room for insulin supplies or other medications as needed.

Please note: University of Iowa Housing and Dining cannot guarantee the accuracy of nutrition information. Nutrition and ingredient information may vary due to product substitutions and formulation by the manufacturer prior to product purchase by the university. Additionally, cross-contact and other variables are beyond the university’s control. Individuals with food-related dietary concerns should be aware of this risk and understand that University Housing and Dining does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items with which one may come into contact while eating at any UI dining location. For individualized assistance please contact Laura Croteau at or (319) 353-2299 or speak with a manager or chef in your respective market place.


Managing a Dietary Request

We want to ensure everyone has a safe experience with University Dining. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, please make sure you talk to our nutrition specialist or a manager. We are committed to helping you find a customized solution to meet your dietary needs. A wide variety of food options are available at both market places. Once a dietary request is submitted, University Dining accommodates your request in a variety of ways. 

Dining staff work to:

  • Keep your request, and information contained within, private among administrators involved with your accommodation.
  • Notify you when your complete request has been received.
  • Email you potential accommodations we are able to offer upon review of your request and documentation.

National Nutrition Month

Students should work to:

  • Submit a complete request form.
  • Check your university email address for accommodations-related communication.
  • Begin conversations with a licensed clinical professional to discuss your request and documentation they will need to provide.
  • Initiate conversations with our office if you have any questions or concerns. You may include your family on joint phone calls and office visits, but they cannot manage your accommodations on your behalf.