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Information and Resources for Students with Severe Allergies 

Many Queen's students manage severe life-threatening allergies that can trigger an anaphylactic reaction.

To help you, and other students like you, manage your allergy and avoid a reaction while on campus, we encourage you to take the following steps and actions.  

It is important to let the university and those around you know that you have a severe allergy so that we can help you figure out how you can best manage your allergy while at Queen's. 

For first-year students, this means that you will need to talk about your allergy a lot as you meet new people and participate in activities. If you are not comfortable with doing this, there are people who can help you share this information. 

Steps to Take:

Living in Residence: Students who require a room accommodation to help reduce the risk of an anaphylactic reaction, are asked to fill out the Special Consideration Form as part of their application to Residence. The form asks if the applicant has an anaphylactic allergy. Every residence applicant who checks 'yes' will be put in contact with Hospitality Services to arrange a confidential consultation.

First-year students who attend Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) in July will be able to meet one-on-one with a Hospitality Services representative as part of the program and receive important information about preparing for their arrival in September.

Eating on Campus: All students with severe food allergies are strongly encouraged to contact Hospitality Services before arriving in, or returning to, Kingston to arrange a confidential consultation so we can provide you with information to help you make safe choices in our dining halls and at retail outlets on campus.

Students can book one-on-one appointments online with Hospitality Services' Colin Johnson, Campus Executive Chef and Jessica Bertrand, Campus Registered Dietitian at any time throughout the year. 

Contacts:

Please contact Hospitality Services to talk about food on campus and managing your allergy!  

Students can book one-on-one appointments online with Hospitality Services' Colin Johnson, Campus Executive Chef, and Jessica Bertrand, Campus Registered Dietitian.

If you would like to talk to an on-campus physician or nurse, contact Student Health Services

If you would like to talk to an on-campus pharmacist, there is a DrugSmart pharmacy located in the Queen's Centre

If you require academic accommodations, please contact Queen's Student Accessibility Services 

Not sure? Email vpdean.sa@queensu.ca and we'll connect you to the right place to get your questions answered!

Resources:

Before starting at Queen's, review this Safety Checklist from Food Allergy Canada.

Queen's Severe Allergy Policy (November 2016)

Queen's Severe Allergy Review Committee Report and Recommendations (May 2016).

Queen's policy and practices are aligned with Managing Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis: A Guide for Post-Secondary Institutions (May 2018), a resource developed by Food Allergy Canada in consultation with universities and colleges, post-secondary organizations, foodservice companies, allergy organizations, allergists and other healthcare professionals, students, and parents. The guide and other resources and tools for students and institutions, are available at http://foodallergycanada.ca/resources/post-secondary-guide/

 

Information and Resources about Severe Allergies for Students, Faculty and Staff

Food is the most common cause of anaphylatic allergies among children; teens and young adults are considered the highest risk age groups for experiencing an anaphylactic reaction.

How much do you know about anaphylactic allergies and what to do if you suspect someone is having a reaction? Food Allergy Canada has introduced a free on-line allergy education course called Anaphylaxis in the Community: What Parents and Others Need to Know.

Would you recognize an anaphylactic allergic reaction? Read more about the Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis

Emergency Treatment: There are 5 Emergency Steps to take if you suspect someone is having an anaphylactic reaction. The first one is: Call 911 or the Queen's Emergency Response Centre at 613 533 6111. As of Fall 2016, Campus Security and Emergency Services and Queen's First Aid carry epipens. 

How to use epipen

 

This webpage will be updated regularly. Keep checking back as we add more information and resources 

If you have suggestions for this page, please email vpdean.sa@queensu.ca