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Live and Learn:
COVID-19 Community Response Plan




Pepperdine University highly values the residential campus experience of its students and is excited to welcome more students to campus for the fall 2021 term.

Pre-Arrival Expectations

Vaccination Policy

Per the University's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all residential students who do not claim a valid exemption must be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Other and more restrictive requirements may apply for Seaver College International Programs, graduate school study abroad programs, and international travelers. Students claiming a good-faith medical, religious, or philosophical exemption may claim the exemption by completing the Vaccination Exemption Form found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information website. International students unable to obtain the vaccine should submit an exemption and arrange to obtain it with the University. Those students with a vaccination exemption may be subject to additional infection control measures.

All students accessing any University campus or facility who do not claim an exemption were asked to upload proof of vaccination by July 31, 2021. For planning purposes, students must also notify the University of their current vaccination status by completing the COVID-19 Vaccination Notification Form. If vaccination status changes after an individual completes the form, the individual should complete the form again with an updated response.

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

Per the University's Testing Policy, all unvaccinated students, partially vaccinated students, and students arriving from international locations must receive either a rapid/antigen or PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before arrival on campus and must submit results to the Student Health Center prior to their on-campus arrival.

Ongoing Expectations Once In Community

For the safety of our community, and to enable the University to remain open for in-person classes and activities, all residential students are required to cooperate with the University's COVID-19 policies, including those pertaining to, face coverings; daily wellness checks; routine screening testing; contact tracing; relocation of housing, as necessary; and quarantine and isolation. The details of these expectations may be modified as infection rates, vaccination rates, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance changes.

Face Covering/Masking

Per the University's Face Covering Policy, individuals sharing suites or apartments may be considered a household and are not required to wear face coverings while in their "home" area, but should wear face coverings when exiting their suite/apartment in public areas of resident halls.

Meal Plans

Pepperdine offers nine different meal plans during the academic year and three different summer session plans. The meal plans are designed to provide easy on-campus access to meals, snacks and beverages for both residents and commuter students. In addition to providing nutrition, eating at our dining locations provides the opportunity to hang out with friends, strike up a conversation with someone new, meet with professors, and participate in the Pepperdine community.

Purchase a Meal Plan
Log into your student account through the Housing Portal to purchase a meal plan. Students can check their remaining balance at any time by clicking "ID Card Deposit" on their Wavenet homepage or at any cash register in a dining area.


It is the responsibility of each resident to keep their rooms, suites, bathrooms, and apartments clean and in good condition. Students will receive courtesy disinfectant wipes at move-in.

Student residential buildings are naturally ventilated and do not have central air conditioning systems. The primary source of outside air is through open windows.  Students are encouraged to open windows in their living space as weather conditions allow. Students may use fans as desired to increase airflow.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.



In accordance with guidance from the NCAA; local, state, and federal health officials; University guidelines; and in consultation with medical director Dr. Gary Green, Pepperdine University Athletics has developed protocols and procedures to protect the safety and well-being of student-athletes across all sports. Athletics protocols and procedures mirror University COVID-19 guidelines regarding, among other items, daily wellness checks, face coverings, surveillance testing, and quarantine and isolation plans.

General Considerations

Athletics plans to conduct surveillance testing of student-athletes during the course of the academic year per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, University, NCAA, and medical expert recommendations and guidance. In addition, diagnostic tests will be administered when a student-athlete manifests symptoms of COVID-19 or is exposed to someone who tests positive. Athletics will follow the University guest policy for all visiting teams, staff, and spectators. Standard University cleaning protocols will be in place for athletic facilities and competition venues.



Pepperdine Libraries is firmly committed to serving the needs of our community and offering both in-person and online services and resources. Libraries are currently open to students without capacity limitations, and our expert librarians are available around the clock to assist with your information seeking and knowledge navigation needs.

Face Coverings

While in the libraries, patrons are expected to follow the University's Face Covering Policy at all times, including in study rooms. Food is not permitted in the library. Drinks are allowed to be consumed at one's seat.



On-campus dining will be conducted consistent with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health higher education and restaurant guidance during the 2021-2022 academic year. Pepperdine will offer both dine-in and to-go meal options.

Consistent with public health guidance, there will be limited indoor seating, and face coverings must be worn at all times while inside, except when eating or drinking. Ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 protocols and the campus community's dining experience will occur throughout the academic year to support our efforts to accommodate all community members even as indoor seating may be limited. To reduce crowding, Pepperdine will offer mobile ordering and pick-up sites at various locations.

All on-campus dining venues will be open. To the extent all venues can open and operate pursuant to their typical schedules, they will, and our dining services team is working hard to effectuate this. Schedule adjustments, such as limited hours, may be implemented at certain ancillary venues (e.g., Cafe Fresca at CCB), due to staffing, as needed.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.


International Student Guidance

International students may have unique challenges and circumstances related to study in the United States during this time, including the inability to obtain the vaccine prior to arrival, potential travel restrictions, inability to obtain a student visa, and visa restrictions related to the modality of academic instruction. Pepperdine University continues to monitor these situations carefully, communicating with international students through the Office of International Student Services (OISS) and through the individual schools.

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated International Travelers

  • International students unable to obtain an approved vaccine prior to arrival in the United States should submit an Exemption Form by the required deadline and communicate arrival plans with Housing and Residence Life, so a quarantine location and testing can be obtained to meet requirements. Please note that an English translation (if applicable) must accompany the vaccine documentation in the Student Health Portal. If unable to submit the English translation by the deadline, please submit an Exemption Form and provide the translation as soon as possible.
  • International students are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel and be prepared to show documentation before boarding their flight. For additional information on this requirement, visit the CDC website for passengers arriving in the United States
  • International students must take a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after arriving in the United States. Depending on your location, you may be able to arrange, free of charge, a test at the Student Health Center (310.506.4316, option 3). This testing requirement is in addition to testing within the 3 days prior to flight.
  • If this test is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days from the positive test. If this isolation requirement is an issue and you are a residential student, we will assist you with an isolation location. If you are not a residential student, you may want to consider how you would isolate if needed.
  • International students must quarantine for a full 7 days after travel regardless of test results.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge at the Student Health Center (310.506.4316, option 3) or through myriad state and county resources listed on the COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.