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

ObieSafe Weekly: May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021 2:00 PM

Office of Communications

Outdoor masks remain in effect; upload vaccine card for chance to win prizes

Obie Safe Weekly: Caring for Our Community. (The squirrel mascot is wearing a mask.)

Coronavirus Testing Results
April 27 – May 3
New Tests 333
New Positives 0
% Positive 0.00%
The data reported here reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.

Vaccination Progress

Progress toward our goal of achieving a campus vaccination rate of 80%:

47% of campus vaccinated


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Created for ObieSafe by Boston-based artist Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

Send Oberlin a Card

Not a birthday card, thank you. A greeting card says "Happy almost 188, Oberlin!" as a white squirrel looks fearfully at a smoking cake covered in lit candles. Way too many candles, yikes.

Not a graduation card. A greeting card reads "Congrats on graduating all those people again like every year, Oberlin!"

Not a trading card. A trading card in the series "Liberal Arts College Dining Halls" showcases Stevie. Collect them all!

Not a Monopoly card. A Community Chest card says that you've won second prize in a beauty contest; collect $10. What kind of beauty contest even was this? (Pointing at the Monopoly character holding flowers.)

Oberlin wants...your vaccination card. (A sample vaccination card is shown.) Free yourself from some restrictions. Uploading takes less time than reading this drawing.

Vaccination data: when you care enough to send the very best.

Outdoor mask policy remains in effect

One of our public health challenges on campus is that we do not know who has been fully vaccinated and who has not. That is why it is so important that everyone upload their vaccination cards (to Human Resources for faculty and staff, and to Student Health for students). Once at least 80 percent of our campus population provides this proof that they are fully vaccinated, we can safely re-evaluate our ObieSafe policies, including the policy of wearing a mask outdoors. Until we exceed our vaccination goal, the outdoor mask policy and other ObieSafe policies remain in effect.

Complete the summer term vaccine survey

Students enrolled in summer 2021 classes are required to complete a brief vaccine survey that will be emailed on May 5. The purpose of the survey is to inform the college of your intent related to vaccines. Achieving an 80 percent vaccination rate is critical in order to relax current COVID-19 policies. When you upload your card, you support efforts to return to a more normal college experience. Let’s go the distance by completing this brief survey!

Deadline for completing the survey is May 19. You must submit the survey by the deadline to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of several prices. (You don’t have to be vaccinated to be eligible for the survey drawing.) Keep reading for more about the prizes!

Upload your vaccine card for a chance to win prizes

Yeobie mascot holds up a vaccination card.
Photo credit: Creg Jantz

As an incentive to upload vaccine cards by May 10, the Office of the President is raffling prizes to students who meet the deadline.

The prizes include: one $500 cash prize, one $300 cash prize, one $200 cash prize, and 20 gift cards ($30 each) to the Oberlin Bookstore. It’s a win-win! 

Let’s go the distance and upload those vaccination cards! 

Testing and move-in will be held May 20-21

Hales gym set up for testing.
Hales Gym testing site. 
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

All students who are studying on campus are required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival unless the student is fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer OR two weeks after one dose of J&J) and has uploaded their vaccination card to the student health portal by May 10; or, the student has a health restriction precluding them from the test. If you must test when you arrive on campus, Hales Gym (180 W. Lorain St.) will be your first stop. Read more about testing and move-in dates for summer term.

Quarantine and test for international travel

Currently, the CDC recommends that anyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who travels internationally quarantine for seven days after their arrival and have a COVID-19 test on day 3-5. The test result does not decrease the length of stay in quarantine. Oberlin follows CDC recommendations, so quarantine and testing will be required. Those who are fully vaccinated must still follow CDC recommendations. Oberlin will modify guidelines if the CDC changes its recommendations. 

If you plan to travel internationally between May 12 and your arrival on campus, you must complete this questionnaire. Specific instructions will be provided to you based on your vaccination status and your date of arrival to the United States. Please note that the CDC has not provided guidelines for vaccines obtained in other countries that do not have U.S. Emergency Use Authorization. As a result, quarantine guidelines are subject to change as additional information becomes available. Monitor your email for updates.

Process for uploading your vaccine card

Students, faculty and staff who are two weeks post-vaccination (after two doses of Moderna/Pfizer: or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) should upload their vaccine card as soon as possible. This documentation will establish the percent of campus herd immunity, which indicates that a large part of the campus is protected. The information facilitates decision-making regarding return to “normal” activities.


  1. Open your Student Health Portal by clicking on the link from the OC Student Health website or through Oberview (Medicat).
  2. Click on the IMMUNIZATION tab, click Enter Dates, and scroll down to COVID-19 vaccine. Enter the date(s) you had the vaccine administered. SUBMIT.
  3. Take a picture of your immunization card given to you at the time of vaccination. Click on the UPLOADS tab, select Immunization record, click Select File and choose the verification of your COVID-19 vaccine to submit. UPLOAD.


  1. Take a picture of your COVID-19 vaccination card and save it to your computer or Android device (Note: You cannot use an iPhone or iPad to submit your card).
  2. Navigate to OberView in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Internet Explorer from a computer or Android device and click on the Upload COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card task.
  3. Read the instructions, fill out the form, attach the image of your card, and click Submit.

Once reviewed by Human Resources, you will receive a notification that your card has been accepted or rejected. Rejection reasons may include attaching the incorrect image, the image being unreadable, or entering vaccination information on the form that is different than what is on the card.

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