Living on Campus

The Ohio Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health have required Colleges to reduce as quickly as possible the number of people living on campus to minimize exposure to and the transmission of the coronavirus within our community. In keeping with that guidance, we have developed a clear—and short—list of criteria by which to evaluate requests and determine who is eligible to stay on campus.

Those circumstances include:

  1. The student would otherwise be placed in an environment with severe personal safety concerns (not related to the coronavirus pandemic)
  2. A socio-economic hardship does not provide the student with an alternative place to live
  3. International citizenship creates circumstances that would impact the student’s ability to complete their Wooster education.

Students who have been approved to stay on campus for these reasons retain that approval through the end of the semester. You do not need to apply again.

If you are approved by the Dean of Students’ Office to stay on campus you will stay in your existing room.

Guidelines while living on campus

While on campus students are expected to strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

  • To further minimize exposure to the virus, students who are approved to stay on campus cannot travel beyond the local community.
  • All College policies and state laws are in place during your time residing College housing. (Including but not limited to The Scot’s Key and the Housing Agreement.)
  • No external guests are permitted within the residential halls outside of those who have been approved by the College.
  • We expect you to practice social distancing and the anti-contagion methods recommended per CDC guidelines.
  • You are responsible for the condition of the room, and any missing or damaged items.
  • Students must notify the Dean of Students and Residence Life IMMEDIATELY if they will no longer be on campus during this timeframe at and let us know the address you will be staying.
  • There will be meal plans in effect during this time though only on a carry-out basis as per State virus-related regulations. All updated locations and hours are visible on the dining calendar.

Services available to those staying on campus

Housing, dining, support, health and wellness services, and mail services will be available to those students remaining on campus.

If you are sick

If you are feeling sick while on campus, please call The College of Wooster main line at 330-263-2000 or your local medical provider. All calls will be triaged prior to considering an appointment in order to keep both students and staff safe. The Wellness Center will not be open for walk-ins.


Mail will be available for students staying on campus.

For students who are not approved to stay on campus, we will begin forwarding mail home to those that are not here.

For all mail inquiries, please contact Jen Scale at the post office at 330-263-2567 or via email at

Dining Services

There will be meal plans in effect during this time though only on a carry-out basis as per State virus-related regulations. All updated locations and hours are visible on the dining calendar.

Lowry Dining Hall will be open the following hours for carry-out only:

  • Breakfast 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Lunch 11:30am to 1pm
  • Dinner 6pm to 7pm

All food will be packed in compostable to-go containers so that customers can take it with them.

There is a $20.00 cap per day on flex dollar spending. Beginning on Friday, March 20th, students who remain on campus may purchase grocery bags for four meal plan swipes. Examples of items that will be provided are rice, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, bread, onions, peppers, fruit, garlic, dish soap, milk (or alternative milk), Ramen noodles, soup, popcorn and other items. The product offerings will change periodically as suppliers may be unable to fulfill specific orders. Students may request up to two grocery orders per week by emailing and providing their student account number. Campus Dining will still also offer meal service in Lowry Dining Hall.

Approved to stay but changing plans?

Contact the Dean of Students office at to update your plans. It is important for the College to have an accurate account of who is on campus during this period of time.

If you've been traveling

If you have been traveling in an area with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory and have not yet returned to campus you will need to contact Security & Protective Services at 330-263-2000 to make arrangements for self-isolation immediately upon your arrival.

We encourage you to monitor your Wooster email accounts for important guidance on the Coronavirus situation. Regular updates are also available along with FAQs.

If you have questions that are not answered on the FAQs please email We ask that you route all calls through the campus main line at 330-263-2000.