Protect the Nest: COVID-19 Response at Otterbein
(Archived August 19, 2022)

Through the patience and vigilance of our students, faculty, and staff, we kept the number of COVID-19 cases at Otterbein far below the regional and national trends.

The health and safety of our community has always been Otterbein’s highest priority. The Protect the Nest 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 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

Current COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Otterbein is currently a mask-optional campus. This means masks are optional for all individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status. While individuals are no longer required to wear masks on campus, they are welcome to wear one if they choose. Otterbein is a mask-friendly campus. We support those who choose to continue to wear a mask or need to wear a mask due to health concerns.

If you are sick, do not come to campus. Perform a daily self-assessment and if you are not feeling well, stay at home and call your doctor if necessary.

Otterbein requires students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 entering the 2022-23 Academic Year. To request a religious or medical exemption, students must contact and faculty and staff must contact

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.