Campus Bulletin: Current Students, Faculty and Staff, Parents, ObieSafe

ObieSafe: Student Return after Thanksgiving

November 19, 2021 11:30 AM

Office of Communications

As we look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to provide an important update on COVID testing, dining, and masks. 

COVID test requirements

  • Oberlin will not require testing of vaccinated students, faculty, or staff upon return to campus.
  • Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are required to test upon return to campus and weekly for the remainder of the academic year.
    • Walk-in testing is available at Hale’s Gym for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Any student, faculty, or staff who arrives from an international destination should have a COVID test upon return to campus. 
    • Please email to schedule a test.
    • Airline documentation must be submitted in the request. 
  • Students who develop symptoms should contact Student Health at 440-775-8180 or for a health evaluation. Student Health will determine the need for and schedule a COVID test.
    • If you do not feel well, minimize contact with others.
    • When you are with others, everyone should wear a mask and maintain distance.
  • Employees who develop symptoms are asked to obtain a test off campus and report positive results to


Be vigilant about wearing a mask indoors when you return to campus to decrease the risk of infection for the campus community.

  • Oberlin requires indoor masks at all times.
  • Masks do not need to be worn by roommates/housemates but must be worn when others enter the space.
  • Masks are not required outdoors for anyone.


Dining halls will remain open with reduced capacity to allow for six feet of distancing when masks are removed for eating.

  • Masks should be worn at all times indoors when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Grab-and-go meals will be available for the academic year.
  • Anyone sponsoring campus events where food is served must follow dining hall protocols.