November 3, 2020 6:00 AM
Carmen Twillie Ambar, President

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We all look forward to election time, when we have the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and in doing so uphold one of the most important freedoms of our democracy. In the last week you've heard from mefrom faculty and staff, and from students on the importance of this privilege and our duty to honor it.

On this election day, Oberlin College is hosting a polling place at the Heisman Field House. It is not unusual for institutions such as Oberlin to become sites for demonstrations or rallies.

Campus Safety, in coordination with the Oberlin Police Department, will be monitoring all activity to ensure that safety and order are maintained at all times while people exercise their rights to both vote and demonstrate peacefully.

We respect every person's First Amendment right, as long as the exercise of free speech does not incite violence or otherwise represent a threat to the safety of our campus community.

For assistance with any of the following concerns, please contact the office indicated:

  • Election events: OC Votes calendar of events; call 440-775-8462 for further information
  • Safety concerns: Campus Safety (440-775-8444); for an immediate threat call 911
  • Student support: The Counseling Center (440-775-8470; press 2 to reach after-hours counseling); Student Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) (follow link or call 440-775-8462 and ask to speak to a SHARE advisor)
  • Pastoral care: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (440-775-8103)
  • Academic assistance: The AARC (440-775-8540)
  • Employee assistance: Contact Human Resources (440-775-8430) or the Employee Assistance Program (a free and confidential employment benefit)
  • If you are approached by external media: Call or email Director of Media Relations Scott Wargo (Scott.Wargo@oberlin.edu or 440-775-5197)

Best wishes, and if you haven't yet done so, please vote!

Carmen Twillie Ambar
President