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The beginning of university or college represents a new chapter for high school graduates, eager to start the next phase of their academic journey. As students move to more independent study and living situations, they need to quickly learn how to navigate much larger and more complex systems. Students with potentially life-threatening allergies have the additional responsibility of managing their medical condition in a new setting. This is the reality for approximately 150,000 students enrolled in more than 225 Canadian universities and colleges that are affected by food allergies.
While students are expected to manage their food or other severe allergies, your institution can assist by fostering a supportive and inclusive campus environment — creating a safe setting for the students to disclose their allergies and providing services and supports for managing risks.
This guide is the product of a significant collaboration among more than 75 representatives from universities and colleges, post-secondary organizations, foodservice companies, allergy organizations, allergists and other healthcare professionals, and students and parents from across the country. Our hope is that the information and examples will be useful for your institution, no matter where you are in the process of policy development and implementation. We recognize that post-secondary environments are unique and that each institution will need to adapt the content for its own setting. Therefore, we encourage you to review the guide and share it with others in your organization who may find it helpful in managing allergies on campus.
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