Bucknell University understands how challenging dining with dietary needs and allergy concerns can be. A student with a dietary need or allergy concern will need to work closely with Bucknell Dining Services and/or our Registered Dietician.

Dining Services offers EatWell, an online tool that allows students to view nutritional information and filter menu options by allergens. Dining Services and our Registered Dietician give ownership to students and help to identify specific items that can be produced on demand for the student. Dining Services and the Registered Dietician can meet with the student to review the menu and daily offerings to help assist with dietary needs.

Summary of Student Process

STEP 1: The student contacts the Dining Services Manager via email at dining@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-1240 to set up a meeting to discuss dietary needs or allergy concerns.

  • If, after this meeting, the student feels comfortable that dietary needs will be met, then the process ends here.
  • If, after this meeting, the student believes that the dietary needs cannot be met and that the needs are a disability that will require necessary ADA accommodations; then proceed with the next steps in this process.

STEP 2: Complete the Disability Accommodation Request form. If a Housing Accommodation is required (i.e., kitchen) please see the timeline below. Please upload verifying documentation (see Documentation Requirement below).

Follow these steps to submit the online application request:

  1. Go to and complete the Disability Accommodation Request Form.
  2. Please enter your Bucknell ID and email if known.
  3. You will be prompted to upload documentation. If you do not have documentation at that time, you or your provider can send via email to OAR@bucknell.edu or fax to 570-577-1826.
  4. If you have documentation to upload select +Add item and include the Document Title and then Choose File you would like to upload. Please Note: The file size must be less than 2048kb. Please scan documents using the naming convention "Last Name, First Name Documentation" and provide a brief description.
  5. You must click on the "I'm not a robot" in order to then click on "Submit".

NOTE: The OAR uses an online case management system called Accommodate. If a student becomes registered with the OAR, they can access their Accommodate portal at any time for any and all accommodation navigation. Documentation delivered directly to OAR by you or your healthcare providers will be uploaded by OAR staff to your Accommodate portal.

STEP 3: Check your Bucknell email account for application status updates

You will receive notification regarding your application status to your Bucknell email account. This notification will include instructions regarding the next steps that should be taken to complete registration.

STEP 4: Schedule a meeting with OAR to determine accommodations.

The OAR Director will also contact the Dining Services Manager (and other pertinent staff), the student, and if needed, the medical professional to gather additional information.

The Director reviews all information/materials and assesses the status and necessity of the request within approximately 10 business days. The OAR Director will notify the student via email to report whether the accommodation request is approved, request more information, or explain why the request is denied.

Housing Accommodation Timeline

Upper class students: prior to March 1

Incoming first-year students: prior to June 10

Transfer students/returning from a leave (current and updated documentation may be required):

Fall: prior to July 1
Spring: prior to December 1

The University will make every attempt to accommodate a student's housing needs. However, if the request is submitted after the deadline, an accommodation may not be met.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRMENT:

To determine necessary accommodations the Director of OAR considers the following four factors: the student-completed Disability Accommodation Request form, supporting documentation, specific nature of the disability, and the functional limitations of the disability. The following information identifies the documentation required to be submitted to the OAR:

ALL DISABILITIES

The specific reporting format is left to the professional, but the requested information must be clearly presented, easily discernable, and mirror the information captured on the Disability Accommodation Request Form. Quality documentation should adhere to the following:

  1. A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation. The name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification as well as the area of specialization, employment and state/province in which the individual practices should be clearly stated in the documentation. It is not considered appropriate for professionals to evaluate members of their own family. Prescription pad notes do not typically provide the information required.
  2. The documentation must include a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provide information on the functional impact, and detail the typical progression or prognosis of the condition.
  3. The documentation must include a description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. When appropriate to the nature of the disability, having both summary data and specific labs or other such information within the report is essential.
  4. The documentation must be recent (within past 5 years) and age-appropriate so as to determine the need for accommodations and/or services based on the individual's current level of functioning. The diagnostic report should include specific recommendations for accommodations and/or adjustments as well as an explanation as to why each accommodation is recommended. The evaluators should describe the impact the diagnosed disability has on a specific major life activity as well as the degree of significance of this impact on the individual. The evaluator should support recommendations with specific test results or clinical observations.
  5. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain their documentation and to either upload documentation into the OAR online Accommodate portal via the Disability Accommodation Request form or directly to the OAR office. If assistance is needed, please contact the OAR office at 570-577-1826. Any correspondence regarding the adequacy of the submitted documentation will be sent to the student's Bucknell email account. It is the student's responsibility to obtain additional information or clarification if requested.

All documentation will be kept in the student's Accommodate portal, which will uphold the student's confidentiality. The OAR will share information with University staff only on an as-needed basis. If the documentation is not complete, then the OAR may not be able to proceed with a review.

MEAL PLAN EXEMPTION STATEMENT

The OAR along with Dining Services collaborates with our students to make every effort to provide disability dining accommodation needs. Due to the nature of our allergen-focused Dining Services; meal plan exemptions are rare. However, if after completing this collaborative process it is decided that Dining Services cannot accommodate your dining needs, a meal plan exemption may be made.