Protect the Nest Weekly Update for Students –February 12, 2021

Posted Feb 12, 2021

This update is intended to keep you informed of the latest developments from our Protect the Nest Team. Please visit for additional general and student-related information. If you have questions or concerns, contact the COVID Hotline at


  • If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact the COVID Hotline at 614-823-1586 or and let our Student Affairs staff and OhioHealth representative advise you on your next steps.
  • If you are asymptomatic but would like to have a COVID-19 test, you can request to be added to the weekly asymptomatic pool. Just contact the COVID Support Team at

You Make it Possible!

The week of Feb. 1-7, we tested 331 asymptomatic students for COVID-19. Of those 331 students, there were ZERO positives! That incredible result is possible because you are following the safety protocols on and off campus. Thank you for making responsible choices and keep up the great work!

Athletics Seasons

You might not be able to cheer from the stands, but you can support your Cardinal athletes from anywhere! Fans can watch livestreams of Cardinals match-ups here. Visit and all the social media outlets (@otterbeinsports) for updated schedules and continued coverage during this very fluid time.

Classroom and Campus Space Reservations

If you would like to use a campus space for a meeting, gathering, activity, study group, or other use by a group of students, you are required to reserve the room through the Office of Events and Conferences. The office will review requests and go over the mandatory COVID-19 procedures if your request is approved. Rules include:

  • Do not exceed the capacity set for the room.
  • Wear facial coverings.
  • Leave the space set up exactly as is to ensure 6 feet of social distance.
  • Sit at a distance of 6 feet apart.
  • Wipe down surfaces upon entering the space. Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are provided for use.

Study Spaces on Campus

If you are looking for a space to study or take a break between, we’ve compiled a list of computer labs and campus spaces students can safely use. These are relatively quiet spaces where it is possible for students to socially distance individually or with a couple of other students. You are not required to reserve these study spaces. Like in all shared spaces on campus, you must follow the protocols for COVID-19 safety, including wearing a facial covering, social distancing, and cleaning the space before you use it.

Check Computer Lab Availability (O-Zone, login required)

Campus Spaces:

  • Campus Center: Lounge.
  • The Point: Various locations.
  • Towers Hall: Commuter lounge.
  • Roush Hall: Fisher Gallery first and second floors.
  • Library: Various location.
  • Battelle Fine Arts Center: Lounge
  • Science Center: Lobby, second floor lounge.
  • Art and Communication Building: Lounge in the northwest corner (adjacent to radio broadcast booth).
  • Outdoor areas.