Protect the Nest: COVID-19 Response at Otterbein
(Archived December 17, 2021)

While we understand that the pandemic remains a concern, we are committed to providing a robust in-person experience for everyone in our community — in a safe and responsible manner. That experience includes classes, experiential learning, residence life, campus activities, and the many other things that make campus life so special.

Our Otterbein COVID-19 advisory team was established in mid-May of 2020 to monitor, advise, and guide the campus safely through the changing circumstances created by the pandemic. The team continues to develop protocols for students, faculty, and staff to keep campus safe for classes and operations in alignment with directives and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Restart Ohio: Higher Education Minimum Operating Standards and Recommended Best Practices, Franklin County Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and OhioHealth.

The guidelines we have developed are specific to instructional, work, residential, and social spaces. We remain responsive to public health orders and vigilant and committed to the safety and wellness of our Cardinal Community. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the COVID Support Team at

Dawn Stewart
Vice President for Student Affairs

Scott Fitzgerald
Director of Human Resources

August 26, 2021: Click here to read an important update to Otterbein’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Protect The Nest Mask Graphic

Read an important announcement from Otterbein President John Comerford about the Fall 2021 return to campus >

Read an important announcement from Otterbein President John Comerford about the Fall 2021 return to campus >

Masks Required on Campus (Effective August 4, 2021)

The CDC released guidance on July 27, 2021, stating that ALL people (including vaccinated people) should return to wearing masks indoors if they live in a county with moderate or high spread. As of July 30, 2021, that includes Franklin County. After consulting with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), Otterbein has updated its mask policy to require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear masks in common spaces indoors, including classrooms, the library, and residence halls. FCPH has advised that 6 feet of social distancing is not required for individuals who are wearing masks.

COVID-19 Vaccine appointments are available at these locations:

Additional locations can be found at or

Otterbein will also be hosting vaccination opportunities on campus. Those dates will be announced at a later time.

Cardinal Community Responsibilities

By honoring these Cardinal Community Responsibilities, we can help take care of ourselves, our classmates and colleagues, and our greater Otterbein Community. Otterbein is asking students and colleagues alike to make a commitment to these important responsibilities so we can stay healthy, stay strong and stay together.

Otterbein University’s Return to Campus Plans have been developed in consultation with Franklin County Public Health and OhioHealth (Otterbein’s campus healthcare provider) and adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health.