Otterbein Plans for Return to Normal this Fall

Posted Mar 10, 2021

Otterbein University is planning for a return to normal operations this fall semester, including mostly in-person classes and campus activities; traditional room set-ups in classrooms, the library, dining services, and other gathering spaces; normal housing policies; and regularly scheduled athletic seasons. 

“Recent developments, including the COVID vaccine’s continued distribution and falling infection rates are reasons for real hope,” said President John Comerford. “In the meantime, we remain committed to our core Protect the Nest protection measures — including social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and frequently washing hands— for spring semester.” 

Students, faculty, and staff are eager to return to a lively and active campus environment, and University leaders will take responsible measures to achieve that goal.  

Likewise, Otterbein’s partners at Franklin County Public Health have advised university officials to remain cautious this summer but have approved a plan to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses and a limited camp/conference schedule and in-person Otterbein summer events like Orientation with small groups and continued social distancing. 

Although limited, these in-person summer activities and events will be an important step toward providing a traditional fall semester. 

University leaders will also have a back-up plan should limitations need to continue. They will remain in close contact with public health partners and continue to adhere to state guidance. 

“We will work with hopes for the best and will be prepared for other scenarios should situations warrant. We will continue to keep you informed,” Comerford said. 

Comerford also recognized the role of students in providing a safe and healthy campus environment this academic year.  

“I want to express my gratitude for your commitment to the Cardinal Community throughout the uncertainties of the pandemic,” he said. “Your choices every day have made it possible for us to stay together on campus. Thanks to you, the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter every day! 

If you are a current student, contact Residence Life about your on-campus options for next year at 614-823-1250 or  

If you are interested in learning more about Otterbein, contact the Office of Admission at 614-823-1500 
or and schedule a tour today!