October 13, 2020 9:00 AM
Meredith Raimondo, Dean of Students

As part of the college’s COVID-19 preparedness plan, students must depart campus by 9 a.m., Wednesday, November 25, and remain off campus until their assigned move-in time in January 2021. You may request permission to remain in your assigned housing from November 25 until the start of the spring semester by completing this form. Please be aware that there will be very few reasons that students will receive approval to remain on campus. They include:

  1. F-1 visa holders who complete this form will receive automatic approval to remain on campus.
  2. Students who face extraordinary circumstances, such as homelessness or physically unsafe housing environments, will receive approval to remain on campus if no other housing option can be identified.

If you are approved to remain on campus, you will be charged an additional fee for dining and housing. The dining plan is required for all students who remain on campus. If you need assistance with these costs, you may reach out to ObieCares to explore resources that may be available to you.

While we recognize that some students will face challenges completing their academic work in a remote environment, we will be unable to approve requests to stay based on this rationale, in order to ensure the campus is prepared to open again January 2. We will make every effort to provide access to resources for academic support and success. Please contact the Academic Advising Resource Center or a SHARE advisor for assistance in developing strategies to complete the semester remotely.

This form must be submitted by 5 p.m., October 14. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at deanstu@oberlin.edu or 440-775-8462.

Thank you for understanding and supporting our safety planning, including the needs of staff members who have a very short time to prepare for your return in January 2020.