Return to Campus Information

The safety of students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large is Otterbein’s top priority.  With that in mind, a Return to Campus Team was established in mid-May. The team was charged with developing a phased plan for students, faculty, and staff to return to campus 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, and Franklin County Public Health and OhioHealth.

A more complete plan for a wide return to in-person classes in the fall is still under development. The Planning Committee will have an opportunity to review plans, to ensure that student, faculty, and staff voices are represented. Guidelines will be developed that are specific to instructional, residential, and social spaces.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Kristi Robbins
Vice President & Chief of Staff

Online Course Information for Students

Students who would prefer to complete all of their Fall 2020 coursework in an online format, must complete the Remote Learning Preference from. The team from Student Success will reach out to students who have completed the form to assist with any adjustments that need to be made to their fall schedule. Questions about fully remote learning can be submitted to

Return To Campus Feature
This plan is subject to change at any time.

​Otterbein will provide safe campus visit options. Whether you want to visit us in person or on-line, we’ll work with you to provide an experience that lets you explore Otterbein and its opportunities in the way that makes you and your family feel most comfortable and connected. These are important, exciting moments. We’re committed to helping you have the experiences you need to help make decisions for your future.

COVID-19 Prevention and Social Mitigation Videos

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Otterbein community is up to each one of us — we all need to make changes to keep our campus safe and healthy. To provide you with the latest information on how you can prevent spread, we are sharing some training videos created or informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health and Franklin County Public Health.

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 Ohio Department of Health.