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Commuter Resources

From locker rentals to meal plans to campus police services, we connect you with resources that can help make the transition from home to campus easy. 

Campus Police/Parking

The Otterbein University Campus Police web site provides information about where you can park on campus, how to register your vehicle, and a list of possible parking violations .

The Otterbein University Campus Police also provides you with free services including motorist assistance and security escorts.

Housing Obligation Exemption Request Form

Download the Housing Obligation Exemption Request Form (pdf).

Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is located in the lower level of Towers Hall with vending machines, lockers, and a kitchenette area designed for you to relax or study. If you have any suggestions on how to improve our lounge, please email James Prysock at JPrysock@otterbein.edu.

Locker Rentals

If you’re tired of lugging your books back and forth during your commute, we’ve got a solution for you. The Commuter Lounge has lockers, which you can reserve for a semester or a year, that are available to you. A limited number of lockers are reserved for first-year and continuing commuter students. To reserve a locker, please stop by the Office of Diversity located in Student Affairs. Lockers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meal Plans

Bon Appétit offers block meal plans and Munch Money options for students. However, the Munch Money option may be best for commuters. You can access healthy, nutritional food choices when you are on campus. It works exactly like a debit card, and you may purchase separately or add to a meal or block plan. Additionally, there is no expiration throughout the school year. Call Student Affairs at 614-823-1250 for more details.

Public Transportation Information

Otterbein University is located near several Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus lines. Visit the COTA web site to find bus stops and schedules.

Cardinal Red Alert

Otterbein University provides a free emergency alert/notification system, called Cardinal Red Alert, for the campus community that will send email, text messages and automated phone calls to the campus community in the event of an emergency or a cancellation of classes due to bad weather. By default, all Otterbein email addresses; campus office phone numbers; and all student, faculty, and staff cell phone numbers are entered into the Cardinal Red Alert emergency notification system. Thus, all students, faculty and staff will receive Red Alert messages. No registration or sign-up is required. However, everyone does have the choice to “OPT OUT” of the cell phone notification option, and/or specify if they only want a voice mail or text notification. The instruction to opt out of the phone notification or modify the phone option is below.

Instructions for opting out of Cardinal Red Alert:
To remove your cell phone from use in the emergency alert system, you are given an “opt out” capability. Log in to the My-Ozone portal either by way of the main Otterbein home page or the direct URL listed below:

Once logged in, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Select the My-Banner folder icon from the top of the screen. You will then be placed in Self Service Banner.
  2. Select the Personal Information tab or link and select “Answer a Survey”.
  3. Choose “Option out the use of my cell phone in the alert system” and make your choices to remove your cell phone from the call list and/or the text message list.
  4. Complete the survey.

Otterbein encourages everyone not to opt out so you can receive the quickest information about closings or delays and so all of us are in a position to aid each other in order to minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage should a true emergency crisis impact Otterbein University. Thank you for your support in keeping our campus safe!

Commuter Student FAQ

  • Who is considered to be a commuter student at Otterbein University?

  • How can I find out what’s going on at Otterbein?

  • How will I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather?

  • Where is a good place to study and/or do homework?

  • Is there anywhere commuter students can go to hang out or relax?

  • Where can I leave my belongings between classes?

  • Why won't my Cardinal Card let me into any of the residence halls?

  • Where can I park on campus?

  • Will someone escort me to my car?

  • Are there any meal plans designed for commuter students?

  • What should I do if I lose my Cardinal Card?

/ Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity is located in the Student Affairs building.

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

James Prysock III, Program Coordinator
e / jprysock@otterbein.edu
p / 614.823.1312