My 12-year-old was diagnosed with Celiac 18 months ago. When he goes off to college, part of the decision about where he goes will unfortunately depend on dining options (not something anyone should have to consider).
There are several universities that do a great job of meeting allergen needs. My son is attending a camp at NC State University this summer and they have an electronic system in the dining halls where you basically check your food allergies and the screen shows what can be eaten from that meal’s menu. There is also a gluten-free “island” where there are dedicated toasters, utensils and a refrigerator stocked with dairy free milk and gluten-free breads. When I contacted the University, the Allergen Specialist responded to all of my questions and offered to walk my son through the dining hall and show him everything prior to camp. She also said that all staff are extensively trained on food allergies (including Celiac) and cross contamination. Here is a link:
I read about another university that has a dedicated stocked kitchen where students can even prepare their own food. Safe dining for a medical reason should be a given at all colleges and universities. It seems like at public universities, there would be some legal standing for students to demand safe food. In US secondary education, it is a legal right.
I think the biggest problem is educating people about Celiac Disease. Clearly that needs to begin with the food service/safety industry- which is not being done very well in the US.