Dining Accommodations

Lentils, rice and asparagus
Blueberry yogurt dish
Stir fry with veggies, shrimp and white rice

Dining Update

We are getting geared up for the upcoming school year and have exciting news to share coming soon, but first, we have made a modification to our terminology. Instead of referring to ourselves as a "nut-friendly campus," we now identify as "nut-friendly commons."

This adjustment was made to avoid constraining Panera's, Starbucks, and other retail location's menu offerings. Please refer to the specific location and online menu to see if nuts are used.

It is important to note that all dining commons areas will continue to maintain their 100% nut-friendly status, ensuring that you can enjoy your favorite offerings without any concerns. We are excited to serve everyone in the fall semester!

Dining Accommodations

Miami Dining is committed to providing our patrons with an exceptional on-campus dining experience that takes into consideration student dietary needs, lifestyle choices, cultural backgrounds, and religious affiliations. We offer dining assistance to Miami University students, summer program participants, and visitors/guests. Our goal is to provide the same level of assistance for campus visitors and summer program participants as we do for our full-time students. We offer a variety of options for students and guests in each dining location. Our menus are designed to include those who avoid gluten and nuts, as well as those who follow a vegan and vegetarian diet. Below is what we provide every day on campus.

Allergen Identifications

In each dining location, we identify allergens on our menu boards, and online menus. The top nine allergens are identified. We have dietary preference icons for pork, vegan, vegetarian, made without gluten, and smart choice.

Vegan and Vegetarian   Aramark Vegan Icon   Aramark Vegetarian Icon

We serve at least one vegan entree during each meal period at every commons dining location in addition to our vegan desserts. You can identify these through the vegan icon on our menu boards.  Additionally, vegetarian entrees and sides are available daily and indicated as such with our vegetarian icon.

Dairy Allergy or Intolerance   

We offer soy milk at each location as an alternative to cow's milk. We also offer other varieties of dairy-free milk and products at our convenience markets. Vegan cheese is also available in many of our locations.

Gluten    Aramark Made Without Gluten Icon

Items that are made without gluten are identified with an icon on our website. We offer made-without-gluten bagels, bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, pizza crust, pasta, tortillas, muffins, and cookies. We have two designated allergen-friendly stations True Balance in MapleStreet Commons and Clean Plate in Armstrong Student Center that produce meals made without the top nine allergens, including gluten. We also offer a Gluten Solutions station in Western Dining Commons that is produces all recipes made without gluten.

Peanut and Tree Nuts  

Miami is "nut-friendly" in our all-you-care-to-eat dining commons which means we do not actively use nuts in our recipes, nor do we use products that have a may contain for nuts. However, we do carry products that contain a "produced in the same facility as [nuts]" and/or "processed on shared equipment with [nuts]" statement. We do carry sealed nut products in our convenience markets and our "nut-friendly" initiatives do not apply to retail locations such as Panera and Starbucks but many of our menus do not actively use nuts. Please refer to the specific location and online menus for more information.

Smart Choice     Aramark Smart Choice Icon

Menu items that are noted as a smart choice meet specifications established by the Campus Registered Dietitian and experienced culinary team based on the American Heart Association Guidelines. Entree items are considered a smart choice if they contain less than five grams of saturated fat, contain no trans fats, and are less than 750 mg of sodium. Side items are considered a smart choice if they contain less than three grams of saturated fats, contain no trans fats, and are less than 300 mg of sodium.  

Self Disclosure Dietary Needs Form

If you have dining accommodation needs that exceed the offerings listed above, please fill out the self-disclosure dietary needs form. Once submitted, our Registered Dietitian will contact you for further discussion regarding your dining accommodation needs. Summer program participants should submit their self-disclosure dietary request form at least two weeks prior to the start date of the program in which they are attending.

Please understand that there may be a considerable time commitment involved in working out the details of your dining accommodation needs. Planning ahead and communicating with Miami Dining is essential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whom should I talk to if I have a question about an item on the menu?

Always ask to speak with the manager, chef, or food production leader on duty if you have questions about menus and/or ingredients. These individuals will be able to provide you with the most accurate information about the foods being served at any meal. Our RD also has access to all menus and ingredients for every location on campus.

I have been diagnosed with a medical condition. Do you provide dietary counseling?

Our Registered Dietitians are available to meet, discuss, and provide suggestions for dietary needs related to a medical condition.

I am a diabetic and need carbohydrate counts of foods. Where do I find that information?

Our Registered Dietitians are happy to assist in providing carbohydrate counts for favorite foods and/or assist you in accessing our online nutritional database.

How are Halal diets accommodated?

We do not have dedicated Halal facilities on our campus. We can however provide Halal-friendly foods embracing the basic principles of Halal, including Halal meats, no pork, and no alcohol. Our convenience markets carry a limited supply of Halal foods which you can purchase with your meal plan to supplement your daily food needs.

How are Kosher diets accommodated?

We do not have dedicated Kosher food preparation facilities on our campus. We can however purchase Kosher foods and sell them from our convenience markets.

Miami Dining Dietitians

Have questions about healthy eating? Have a specific dietary need? Contact our registered dietitians! Schedule a meeting with the dietitian to get answers to your questions about eating healthy or eating on campus with food allergies. Our Registered Dietitian can speak with you about many nutrition topics. Reach out at DiningDietitian@miamioh.edu.


Alison Cooney

Alison Cooney, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD (513) 593-8421