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COVID-19 Interim Travel Restrictions

Pepperdine University is adopting the following interim travel restrictions for all University community members through June 15 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). All other provisions of the University's International Travel Policy remain in effect.

Pepperdine continues to prioritize the safety of the University community as its highest priority. Providing basic travel information allows trip planners and the International Travel Risk Assessment Team to collaboratively analyze the risks involved. Employees should discuss specific concerns about potential business trips with their supervisors.

University-Sponsored Travel

Given the spread and travel impacts of COVID-19, employees who have already scheduled or are considering University-sponsored travel should review their trips with their supervisors to assess whether to continue, postpone, or cancel the trip in light of all current circumstances. Employees with concerns about upcoming University travel should discuss them with their supervisors.

International Travel
Pepperdine is prohibiting all non-essential international travel through June 15. Essential trips should be reviewed with your supervisor, coordinated through the Office of Emergency Services, and ultimately require the approval of the Emergency Operations Committee and should not be scheduled prior to approval.

Additionally, Pepperdine is prohibiting University travel to countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19. This list evolves. A current list of these countries is available on the CDC website. This restriction is in addition to existing travel restrictions, including the requirement that travel to countries with certain US State Department travel advisories be vetted and approved before departure. The University may cancel or modify trips on a case-by-case basis.

Domestic Travel
Pepperdine is prohibiting all non-essential domestic travel through June 15. Essential trips should be reviewed with your supervisor, coordinated through the Office of Emergency Services, and ultimately require the approval of the Emergency Operations Committee and should not be scheduled prior to approval.

Travel Insurance
The University is making an exception to its current practice of not purchasing travel cancellation insurance to allow for the purchase of this insurance while this interim travel policy is in effect. Employees should discuss the purchase of travel insurance with their supervisor.

Personal Travel

Students and employees are encouraged to avoid personal travel to countries with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice related to COVID-19. Although the University cannot prohibit personal travel, University community members should be aware their personal travel could impact their ability to return to a University campus.

Arriving on Campus After Travel

Community members who have traveled for any reason to countries with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice related to COVID-19 (instituted before their departure or during their stay) will not be allowed on any University campus for 14 days after leaving the aforementioned countries. Although the University will do what it can to be supportive, to reduce health risks to the entire community, these restrictions will be enforced. Students or employees who violate these restrictions may face discipline.

14-Day Restriction from University Campuses

Employees restricted from University campuses should contact their supervisors to determine whether they may work remotely via the University's Interim Telecommuting Exceptions or whether they will need to take vacation or sick time. Students and employees will assume all responsibility for their personal travel decisions to countries with a CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice related to COVID-19, including any consequence related to an inability to complete their coursework or fulfill their job duties immediately following their return.

Students restricted from University campuses should contact the Office of Student Information and Services at onestop@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.7999 for assistance with coordinating time away from classes.

Those in Close Contact with Individuals Who Have Traveled from Higher Risk Areas
Individuals who have been in close contact with travelers who, in the last 14 days, were in countries with CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Alerts for COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3 for a risk assessment. Additional guidance may be provided following the risk assessment.

Questions 
Contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996 for questions or assistance.