University of Washington in Tacoma: Accommodate to students with severe food allergies
  • Petitioned Debra Friedman

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Chancellor of the University of Washington in Tacoma
Debra Friedman

University of Washington in Tacoma: Accommodate to students with severe food allergies

    1. Zaraa Akhter
    2. Petition by

      Zaraa Akhter

      Auburn, WA

I have a friend who attends this school whom suffers from a deadly peanut allergy. Recently, the school agreed to accommodate to her needs, as this allergy's severity is listed as a disability, and the Disability Support Services is required to take action. However, as of this quarter, the library began to allow food inside without any regulations or accommodations. Because of this, my friend lost her safe place to study on campus. She can no longer access printers, computers, or spacious areas for group projects without having to worry about a peanut allergy reaction.
When the library agreed to reinstate the No-Food rule, the school's chancellor took away her accommodations, stating that she was a liability to the school. All of the signs on classroom doors that read "Peanut-Free Classroom" were removed, and the library began welcoming food again.
As a result, my friend had to drop all of her Spring Quarter classes and has to repay the school for her financial aid for the quarter, because she was no longer safe on campus.
No one should have to be denied an education because of a disability they can't control having. Please, help us tell the University of Washington in Tacoma to accommodate to this severe allergy that many students fall victim to.

Below is a link to her blog explaining the situation from her own point of view:
http://crunchycook.com/2013/05/08/how-i-was-kicked-out-of-college-because-of-my-allergy/

To:
Debra Friedman, Chancellor of the University of Washington in Tacoma
Please, accommodate students with severe food allergies to the best of your ability and bring back the "Peanut/Nut Free Classroom" signs on campus.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • David Jones EVERETT, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      While students are on a campus it is up to the school whether private or public to see to the safety to the best of the institutions ability.

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    • Alaynia McGill MUKILTEO, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      Advocating for my dear friends kids' future

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    • Radhakrishnan iyer CHENNAI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Can this happen in US of A,which holds high, equal opportunity to all,the University needs to go the extra mile to provide for a student who has such life threatening limitation,to ensure they too succeed at what they have chosen to study

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    • alyssa zeigler MARYSVILLE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      As a WWU graduate with a severe nut/peanut allergy, this is terrible and unjust. Food allergies are recognized as a disability by the ADA. WWU went above and beyond to accommodate for my allergies.

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    • Elizabeth Benner KENT, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      Everyone deserves to go to college. A student with an allergy is a human being who deserves an education. Not just a liability.

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