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halls. When a student opens a case, an alarm alerts a staff member. In addition to administering an EpiPen, staff receive training in performing CPR, using an AED and recognizing signs of anaphylaxis. The EpiPens were installed in April.

“Students with food allergies have learned how to deal with it, but also may forget their EpiPens,” says Bart Hipple, assistant director, marketing and communications, dining services. Even with years of knowledge, students are likely to panic if they have an attack. Having the EpiPen and people trained in administering them can be a lifesaver, believes Hipple.

While some students are forthcoming about allergies, others are not. “If we don’t know, we can’t help,” says Hipple. Students with food allergies have access to a wealth of support, ranging from an appointment with the on-campus nutritionist and chef to specialized menus for more restrictive diets. Menu items feature counter cards listing all ingredients, useful for students who have any type of dietary restriction or preference.

Parents are relieved. “Parents come to campus, worried about their child after they’ve spent a lifetime making sure their kids are safe,” says Hipple. “After hearing about the precautions we take, including EpiPens, one mother said, ‘Now I can relax.’”