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Police Officers set up parking barricades

All cars parking on campus are required to be registered with the Otterbein Police Department. Students purchase a parking decal online by clicking here. Once the parking decal order has been fulfilled, the student will receive an email advising them to pick up the parking decal at the Otterbein Police Department, located at 194 West Main Street. Students are advised to park their vehicles as close as possible to their residence hall and not use their vehicle to drive to classes. Students are not permitted to park in visitor parking.

For a complete listing of which lots are associated with which parking decal, see our campus map.

Visitor permits are issued by the Otterbein Police Department free of charge upon request by visitors to Otterbein. Registered Otterbein students are not considered visitors. Visitors may obtain a temporary visitor permit in person during regular business hours at the Otterbein Police Department located at 194 West Main Street; or the permit may be faxed or emailed to the visitor upon request. When requesting a visitor permit provide the Police Department with the date(s) of the visit and the vehicle’s make, model, color, license plate number and license state. Requests for visitor permits may be made in person at the Otterbein Police Department, by phone at 614-823-1222, by fax to 614-823-1999, or by email to police@otterbein.edu. Visitors do not need a permit during the weekend (Friday 5:00 p.m. through Sunday at midnight) or summer break. Registered Otterbein students are not considered visitors.

The Campus Life Handbook defines the specific policies and regulations that apply to all faculty, staff, and students driving and parking vehicles on campus. Additional information in the handbook regarding parking include: early graduation, special permits, procedures for special situations, and the Chronic Offender Policy.

University traffic and parking citation appeals can be filed online here.

Otterbein University assumes no responsibility or liability for a motor vehicle or its contents while parked or operated on the property of Otterbein University.

Eligibility and Registration

Any Otterbein student, faculty, or staff member may operate a motor vehicle on Otterbein owned and/or operated property, provided that the vehicle is properly registered with the Otterbein Police Department and the decal properly displayed.

The ability to register and operate a motor vehicle is a privilege that may be revoked for failure to operate and park a motor vehicle properly. Registration is required for all vehicles parked on campus 24 hours per day. Motor vehicles shall be registered for the academic year no later than the third day of classes at the beginning of the academic year. Any person wishing to register a motor vehicle after the beginning of the academic year must do so within three working days after bringing the vehicle to campus. Individuals may not register a vehicle(s) for another person to use in the campus area. The vehicle decal/registration owner is ultimately responsible for violations of that vehicle.

More Parking Information

  • Vehicle Decal Types and Costs

  • Campus Parking Map

  • Temporary Vehicle Registration

  • Displaying Decals

  • Purchasing or Trading Vehicles

  • Early Graduation / Withdrawal

  • Traffic and Parking Violations

  • Appeals

  • Chronic Offenders

  • Vehicle Tow

  • Visitor Parking

/ Otterbein Police

In Case of Emergency
Dial 9-1-1

Call (24 hours) 
p/ (614) 823-1222
e/ Police@Otterbein.edu
f/ (614) 823-1999

194 West Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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