The Ohio Revised Coded (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that beginning with the academic year that commences on or after July 1, 2005, an institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student (or parent if the student is younger than 18 years of age) discloses whether the student has been vaccinated against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B by submitting a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination status statement.
Information on each disease, meningitis and hepatitis B, the risks associated with the diseases and the availability and effectiveness of the vaccines is available on the ODH website
Please note this law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for these vaccines. It requires only disclosure of vaccine status of the student.
All students living in Otterbein University residence halls, theme houses and on-campus apartments will be required to disclose their vaccine status at check-in to the living unit if it has not been reported on the housing request form. Parents of students under age 18 will be required to sign the form. More information on the Meningococcal and Hepatitis B Vaccination (PDF).