Protect the Nest: COVID-19 Response at Otterbein
(Archived May 12, 2022)

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

Otterbein is Now Mask Optional (February 28, 2022)

Otterbein has adopted the newly released masking guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on this new guidance, Otterbein is ending its mask requirement for students, employees, and visitors to campus. This decision has been made in consultation with our partners at Franklin County Public Health (FCPH). This will take effect immediately and includes public events and performances.
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COVID-19 Vaccine appointments are available at these locations:

Additional locations can be found at or

Otterbein is offering a booster clinic on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Registration Link: . If you cannot make that clinic, let us know that you are interested in a booster clinic on Friday, Jan. 21, using this link:

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

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.