Students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory
of Music are expected to follow rules established under the Constitution
of the Association of Students. Information about regulations is given
to all students at enrollment. However, students considering application
to Oberlin should be aware of the following points which particularly
influence the character of student life.
general, Oberlin students are expected to have the good judgment
and the sense of responsibility to regulate their lives in such
a way as to make a positive contribution to the community in
which they live. They are expected to be citizens as well as
scholars and to be conscious of and respectful toward the basic
needs of others.
2. Students are required to live in Oberlin College residence
halls and to take their meals in Oberlin College dining halls.
Exceptions to this requirement are granted according to policies
set by the Housing and Dining Committee of the Office of Residential
Life and Dining Services. New students should expect assignment
to Oberlin College residences and dining halls.
Campus parking facilities are exceedingly limited. First
year students are particularly discouraged from bringing vehicles
to Oberlin. Any student who brings a vehicle to Oberlin
must register it with the Office of Safety and Security.
regarding student parking or requests for special parking
status must be addressed to the Office of Safety and Security,
159 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074, Attention:
Student Motor Vehicles. Inquiries or requests for special
parking needs may also be faxed to the department at 440-775-8886.
There are no fraternities or sororities at Oberlin.
The use of drugs and alcoholic beverages is subject to
control by law and Oberlin College does not protect students
from prosecution under federal, state or local laws. Though
Oberlin places primary emphasis on a counseling and educational
approach to alcohol and drug abuse, members of the Oberlin College
community are reminded that the Oberlin College Judicial Charter
allows any member of the Oberlin College community to bring
a complaint against a student for violation of appropriate standards
of conduct or of specific Oberlin College regulations.
Housing and Dining Options Oberlin
offers variety in the architecture and size of its residence halls,
which range from traditional housing for 230 students to small, family-like
residences for 18 students.
Options include single-sex and co-ed floors/halls; program houses
(Afrikan Heritage, Asian, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish,
Third World and Women's Collective); student co-operative houses;
and apartment-style village housing.
There is also a wide choice in dining with vegetarian and vegan entrées
in each dining hall. In addition to the complete menu offerings of
the Oberlin dining halls, eight student-run co-op dining halls serve
natural, vegetarian, vegan and kosher cooking. Membership in co-ops
is determined by random lottery.
Residence Hall Occupancy
New students may occupy their rooms beginning at Orientation; continuing
students, two days prior to the start of classes. Meal service is
provided at no additional cost to new students during Orientation;
continuing students may take meals in College dining halls on a cash
basis until the first regular board-plan meal beginning at dinner
before the first day of classes.
Residences and dining halls are closed during the winter vacation
period. All students must leave campus during the vacation period.
Student Health is located at 247 West Lorain Street. The center is
staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner, a physician's assistant
and support staff. Student Health is open for the entire academic
year and visits to Student Health are provided at no cost to students.
Student Health staff provides a full range of primary care services
for Oberlin students including initial diagnostic services for illnesses
and injuries, and immediate and follow-up assessment and treatment
for most short-term illnesses. Preventive care and wellness services
are provided, including immunization services, women's health services,
and wellness oriented health education outreach programs. Students
may receive allergy shots using the antigen supplied by their allergist
along with a copy of the physician's instructions. This must be prearranged
by contacting the health service.
With the exception of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
dispensed at the Student Health Service, and certain more complex
specialty services, all of the services provided are covered under
the tuition charge. The cost of services (e.g. emergency room visits,
the Oberlin Clinic, and Urgent Care) not provided at Student Health
are not covered under the tuition and will be handled through the
student's own insurance or by direct billing to the student. Referrals
to a specialist can be made by the Student Health Services' staff.
All costs incurred when seen by a specialist are handled through the
student's insurance and are your responsibility. In Oberlin, hospital
care is available at the 100-bed Allen Memorial Hospital, which is
fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation.
Oberlin College offers an optional Sickness and Accident Medical Plan
as a supplement to individual or family policy, or for students who
are uninsured or underinsured. The supplementary Sickness and
Accident Medical Plan is mandatory for international students and
without medical insurance from another source. For specific information
regarding this plan as well as other student insurance-related questions
Immunization requirements at Oberlin College are strictly enforced.
Persons who have not satisfactorily completed the immunization requirements
will not be allowed to enroll. Enrollment is withheld until the health
form is satisfactorily completed.
College is a time of academic and personal growth for students. Most
students will need help at least once during their undergraduate years
in sorting out the academic, social or personal challenges that inevitably
occur in a highly demanding academic environment. In order to help
students with these challenges (and other obstacles which arise in
times of personal transition), the College provides a number of support
-- Class deans, who are assigned to each incoming first year
class, are available to help students solve both personal and practical
problems, and to help students make sensible and informed decisions
about academic and related matters. In emergencies, a class dean may
be contacted during evening and weekend hours through the dean-on-call
system (phone Safety & Security);
-- Student Academic Services, which provides advising, assessment
and referrals to the Counseling Center, the Learning Assistance Program
or other sources of guidance and support (please see Learning Assistance
Program under Arts and Sciences course listings);
-- the Counseling Center is located at 247 West Lorain Street.
The Center's purpose is to provide psychological support for students
as they pursue their academic and personal goals. To this end, the
staff of psychologists offers assessment, short-term individual counseling,
group therapy, biofeedback, and psychological testing. Referrals for
private psychotherapy and psychiatric consultations are also provided.
-- the Wellness Center, part of Student Health Services of
Oberlin College, serves as a resource center for the campus community
on a broad range of health and wellness topics. We seek to support
healthy lifestyle choices through education and prevention, encouraging
individuals to make informed decisions about what is best for their
health. Programs provided include HIV testing, massage therapy, nutritional
services and other wellness related activities.
-- the Office of Residential Life and Dining Services, the
Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Religious
and Spiritual Life, which provide support of a more general nature
in handling most of
the day-to-day problems that may occur on any residential college
Facilities and Support Services for Students with Disabilities
The Oberlin campus is small in area and level in terrain. Most disabled
students will find it reasonably accessible, though not barrier-free.
All personnel at Oberlin are committed to complying with Federal Public
Law 101-336, Americans with Disabilities Act, effective July 1990,
as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and eliminating
procedural and physical barriers that may discriminate against persons
with disabilities in academic, student services or employment areas.
To accomplish this goal, all personnel seek to meet the needs of persons
with disabilities on an individual basis. The Coordinator of Services
for Students with Disabilities can assist with the educational needs
of students with visual, auditory, or mobility impairments or learning
disabilities. In addition, the Coordinator can help ensure that suitable
housing is obtained, can assist whenever special arrangements for
registration or testing are needed, and can serve as a liaison and
special advisor if difficulties or barriers are encountered.
Campus groups and programs as well as local houses of worship, prayer,
study and meditation--representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist
and Hindu traditions--welcome the participation and involvement of
students. The Office of Chaplains, located in Wilder Hall, is a center
for religious counseling; coordination and support of religious activities
and spiritual life, including prayer; study and meditation groups;
service projects, winter terms; retreats and liturgical services.