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COVID-19 Information

Pepperdine University continues to update its pandemic emergency response plan to reflect current COVID‑19 circumstances and protect the well-being of the University community. The University's Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) is working closely with University stakeholders, as well as an outside infectious disease expert; consulting with International SOS regarding international programs and travel risk assessment; and following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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Current COVID-19 Requirements

  • Masks - Optional
  • Weekly Surveillance Testing - Optional
  • Stay home when sick
  • Report cases on the START Form
  • Complete the EXIT Form when leaving isolation at the appropriate time

Last Updated on 7/20/2022


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Fall 2022 Term

Coming Back to Campus

  • Entry Testing: As a precautionary measure and screening tool for the start of the fall 2022 term, all students are required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arriving on campus and log the result on the Entry Test Reporting Form.

In Person Instruction and Operations

  • COVID‑19 Vaccinations or Exemptions are required for all students and employees. International programs may also require boosters. If you have not already done so, please submit your information by August 15, 2022
  • Face coverings are welcome on campus. They are required in some locations such as health care settings including University Health Services (UHS) and Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) testing sites. Bring a mask if visiting a place where masks are required. Free masks are available for pick up at on-campus testing sites.
  • Check your symptoms daily. Don't come to campus sick.
  • Report cases on the University's START Form.
  • Complete the EXIT Form when leaving isolation at the appropriate time.
  • Community members seeking to apply COVID-19 restrictions more strict than the University's standards need to seek approval by emailing covid19info@pepperdine.edu.


Have COVID-19 or Been Exposed?


What to Do with a Positive COVID‑19 Test

  1. Complete the START Form - COVID‑19 Positive Case/Exposure Notification if tested outside of Pepperdine.
  2. Isolate yourself from others to minimize the spread
  3. Participate in the Contact Tracing process
  4. Complete the EXIT Form when leaving isolation at the appropriate time

What to Do with a Close Contact Exposure with Symptoms

  1. Complete the START Form - COVID‑19 Positive Case/Exposure Notification
    DO NOT complete this form if you have been notified that you are a close contact by University contact tracers or if you do NOT have symptoms.
  2. Get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure
  3. Wear a mask when around others inside for 10 days from your last exposure.



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Why Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Vaccines have been recommended by California and the nation’s top medical experts.
By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself and help protect your fellow Waves.

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Vaccines are safe and highly effective.
All available vaccines in the US are authorized by the CDC and recommended to prevent COVID-19 illness.

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Vaccines are available at no cost.
Waves can get the vaccine for free no matter where they receive it.

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They're the best way for us all to be together again.
Getting our community vaccinated is allowing us to safely resume life on our campuses.



University Resources

Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff benefit from a community of care and compassion. During these times please remember the following resources are also available to you:

COVID‑19 Information Line
Submit a Question

Student Health Center
310.506.4316, option 3

Student Care Team

Counseling Center

Employee Assistance Program

Hub for Spiritual Life/Pastoral Care

Office of Student Accessibility

Office of Emergency Services

Public Safety Dispatch
310.506.4441 (Emergency)
310.506.4442 (Non-emergency)


Additional Public Health Resources


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California Department of Pulic Health logo

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