To what extent may a public institution which offers meals for religious convention or for dietary restrictions (kosher/halal/gluten-free) deny other students these meal options?
If a student requests access to an existing kosher/halal meal option, do they have the right to ask or to demand their religious background?
If the student answers that they are not muslim or Jewish, do they lose their to access to such foods? What if they say they are not muslim or Jewish but still follow halal/kosher convention?
If the student discloses that they are not muslim to an employee of the state university or other public institution, would it be illegal for that employee to disclose that fact to other employees without permission?
With respect to nonreligious reasons for dietary restrictions, how severe must a food intolerance be to warrant access to food reserved for individuals with particular dietary restrictions, assuming state education institutions have a right to restrict these options? For example, if one were to follow a food elimination diet to conclude which foods are most conducive to healthy bowel movements, mental acuity, and physical health, would this be sufficient for access to previously existing food options for individuals with dietary restrictions?
The student pays for the dining services. By public institution, let's say: a state college or university.
It's unclear whether there is a scarcity of such food options. There is a form for requesting such food, which does not ask for proof of religion. Nevertheless, one may walk in and request the, for example, halal meal option and the chef will make it without question. The dietary supervisor approves a list of students with serious allergies and may also tell a chef not to serve the halal/kosher meal option to a student they suspect is not muslim/jewish.