Fall 2022 Policies & Protocols

At Oberlin, we are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our community while fulfilling our mission to provide a high-quality education to our students.

With guidance from the CDC and other public health entities, Oberlin adjusts the ObieSafe protocols. As we continue in the new academic year, your health and wellbeing remain our top priority. We are a well-vaccinated community with extremely high percentages of faculty, staff, and students being fully vaccinated. We believe we can continue to be safe and provide a transformative educational experience by applying a prudent combination of protocols.


  • Indoor masking will not be required after September 11. Please respect the wishes of those who voluntarily decide to wear a mask.

  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to maintain a social distance of 6 feet whenever possible.

  • If requested to wear a mask by someone you are interacting with, please do so when possible.

  • Oberlin will monitor public health COVID alerts. If public health departments determine that Lorain County is at the highest risk level for COVID, ObieSafe will alert the campus community and may alter masking protocols.


  • Community-wide testing is not required. If you have symptoms or believe you were exposed, rapid and PCR testing will be available throughout the academic year at Student Health Services or other designated locations.

  • Symptomatic testing will take place at Hales Gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by appointment only. Please send a text to (440) 308-6193 to make an appointment.

  • Asymptomatic testing will take place at the Student Health Center. Please call Student Health Services at (440) 775-8180 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m for a rapid test.

  • After hours and weekends, please call Campus Safety at (440) 775-8444 to pick up a self-administering test kit.


  • Students who test positive will isolate in their rooms. If just one roommate tests positive, both roommates should wear masks while in the room together and maintain social distance as much as possible.

  • While in isolation, students should not attend classes or participate in athletic practices or other extracurricular activities. Students should not gather with friends or eat in the dining hall.

  • While in isolation, students may enter the building of a dining hall to pick up grab-and-go meals, while remaining masked. Students who live on campus and who are too ill to pick up their own meals may text Dining Services at (440) 577-5304 to arrange for a meal to be delivered to their dorm.

  • Students who have relevant accommodations through the Office of Disability and Access and whose roommate tests positive will be considered for temporary housing, if available.

  • Students may resume activities five days after symptoms surface, provided symptoms are resolving and no fever is present for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. Students should continue to wear a mask around others and utilize grab-and-go meals for five additional days.

  • Positive test results must be reported to ObieSafe by emailing obiesafe@oberlin.edu.