Gibson's Bakery Lawsuit and Litigation

Oberlin College has been faced with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a local business. Interest in this issue has extended far outside our local community, reaching the national news media and sparking a widespread conversation about student protests, free speech, and the relationships between colleges and their surrounding communities.

With so many voices out there—some more informed than others—we aim to provide clear, factual resources to help these discussions move forward in a constructive way. The information below includes official statements from President Ambar, legal filings, coverage in the media, and key facts about the events and timeline.

View the latest official statements


In June 2020, the College filed an appeal of the Gibson’s Bakery judgment.

Read about the appeal

Key Facts and Resources

Additional Resources

Media Inquiries

Members of the media, please contact Scott Wargo, Director of Media Relations.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin College and Conservatory is a 4-year, private liberal arts college and conservatory of music accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

A sandstone building on campus.
Baldwin cottage is one of several buildings on campus constructed of sandstone from Amherst, Ohio.
Photo credit: Matthew Lester