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Pepperdine Restoration Plan




While we are not presently permitted to reopen our Malibu campus for normal residential life, we have permission to house students who demonstrate a compelling hardship which necessitates residing in on-campus housing. Students who want to seek an exception to live on campus may do so by completing the on-campus housing petition form. A rolling acceptance process will be used when considering exception applications for on-campus housing.

If you are permitted to live on campus, the Housing office will reactivate your fall 2020 housing contract. Students who choose to live on campus will receive a single room and will be charged the standard rates. There will be no additional charge for students placed in a traditional double occupancy room. All published rates will be prorated based on the residence hall or apartment type. As students consider the possibility of living on campus, please note that basic services will be provided, but there will be no large, on-campus gatherings or major events due to L.A. County Public Health guidance. Additionally, students will not be able to have guests in their room or building.

The housing arrangements detailed here are for the spring 2021 semester. Students can expect to receive a new room assignment if they plan to stay enrolled for either of the summer terms and if they continue into the fall 2021 semester. 

Meal Plans/Dining

Meal plans are not required at this time. Learn more about dining services and meal offerings


During the COVID-19 pandemic, rooms are to be occupied only by the residents who are assigned to that room. As such, guests are not allowed in another room, apartment, or building. If students want to socialize, they should go outside and maintain the recommended level of social distance or utilize phone and virtual environments to connect with friends and family.

Students moving out and vacating their residence hall space may invite a parent or family member during move-out periods to assist them.

Guests who access campus to visit students outside of their residence hall or apartment must follow University posted guidelines. Guests on campus are expected to abide by federal, state, and local laws, as well as campus policies.


The University is following all necessary cleaning guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students. Extra cleaning measures have been established and students will be provided with additional cleaning supplies. While we want students to take ownership of their environments, particularly in their units, we know that this year is different. As such, cleaning measures will be increased in student residential areas to better ensure a safe and healthy environment. Learn more about cleaning measures included in the Pepperdine Restoration Plan.

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. The Athletics Plan provides for three phases to help ensure the safe return of student-athletes to campus, as briefly described below.

Phased Return to Campus

Timing of Return of Student-Athletes to Campus

In accordance with the state of California's Specific Interim Guidance for Collegiate Athletics and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, all student-athletes, whether residing on or off campus, are allowed to return to campus to begin Phase I of Athletics protocols and procedures. Upon returning to campus, each student-athlete will undergo baseline viral testing and will not begin training activities until they have received the results of the test. Any student-athletes who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated. In addition, each athlete will be given an antibody test and if it establishes that they have had the virus, the person will undergo further testing by a cardiologist in accordance with best practices. International student-athletes returning from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days before beginning the baseline testing and antibody testing process. Student-athletes who are living on campus will quarantine on campus.

Phase 1

In phase 1, student-athletes will work with strength and conditioning coaches in small groups while maintaining physical distancing. Each morning, student-athletes will complete an online daily wellness check and will be certified by sports medicine staff. In addition to the electronic check-in, each student-athlete will complete an in-person triage that will include a temperature check and confirmation of the daily wellness checklist. Student-athletes will be given a wristband indicating their certification to participate on that day. In phase 1 student-athletes will work with strength and conditioning coaches and not their team coaches. Locker rooms will be closed, and traffic flow will be carefully managed. Additional workout areas will be staged outdoors to accommodate physical distancing requirements, and facility and equipment sanitization will occur after each use. Ideally, student-athletes will spend four weeks in phase 1. This may need to be adjusted for different sports depending on practice and competition schedules.

Phase 2

In phase 2, the protections and procedures of phase 1 will continue and student-athletes will begin working with their sport coaches and having individual and small group practice sessions while observing physical distancing. Practices will be non-contact during this phase and facility and equipment sanitization will occur following each small group session. Ideally, this phase will last for one to two weeks but this may need to be adjusted for different sports depending on practice and competition schedules.

Phase 3

In phase 3, student-athletes and their coaches will begin training as a team and will begin contact practices in preparation for outside competition. Locker rooms will open for this phase. There will continue to be very close attention paid to hygiene, sanitization, physical distancing when possible, and other safety precautions in line with phases 1 and 2.

General Considerations

Athletics plans to conduct surveillance testing of student-athletes during the course of the year per NCAA recommendations and medical expert 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. Group meetings will be held virtually when possible. Physical distancing will be enforced whenever possible. For example, the athletic training center and sports performance center will strictly limit the number of student-athletes who are accessing those facilities at the same time. Student-athletes will not be permitted to share water bottles or towels. At a minimum, Athletics will follow the University guest policy for all visiting teams and staff.


Libraries on the Malibu campus are open by reservation only for registered students, faculty, and staff at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Pursuant to NCAA and state guidelines, the Drescher Graduate Campus Library is reserved for use by student-athletes. All other graduate campus libraries currently remain closed.

Limited Occupancy and Social Distancing

Furniture has been removed and sashed off to promote social distancing and limit occupancy to 25 percent capacity. A reservation system has been established to assist in contact tracing and to allocate seats through the libraries and outdoor library areas.

Face Coverings and Enhanced Cleaning

Face coverings are required at all times while in the libraries, including in study rooms and outdoor library areas. Food and drink are not permitted. The University’s cleaning protocols are in place in the libraries, including an increased frequency for cleaning of high touch areas. Patrons are expected to clean their workspace prior to and following use with the disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer available throughout the libraries.

Transactions and Materials Processing

All reserve materials are processed electronically, and physical materials are processed in accordance with library best practices to quarantine items between loans. Plexiglass barriers separate staff and patrons at circulation desks.


As we prioritize health, safety, and nutrition, on-campus dining will be adjusted to a grab-and-go model featuring individually package items and meals, touchless transactions, and may include mobile ordering. All food items, condiments, and utensils will be individually packaged; all self-service stations will be closed; and available beverages will be single serve drinks. Fresh food vending machines will not be operational during the fall semester.  

Cashless Transactions, Touchless Checkout, and Enhanced Cleaning

Dining services will be a cashless operation this year. All purchases must be made in person or through the GrubHub mobile ordering application using meal plan points or Waves Cash on your Pepperdine ID card, or by credit/debit card. (Cash and meal points can be added to your Pepperdine ID card at OneStop or online.) Credit/debit card processing machines are equipped for Apple Pay and Google Pay for touchless transactions, and cashiers will clean credit card machines between each use when fingertip input is required. Plexiglass will separate food service areas and cashiers from customers, and high touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times daily, consistent with the University’s cleaning plan.

Nutrition, Allergies and Preferences, and Ingredients Labeling

Nutrition, ingredient labeling, and food safety remain paramount considerations, despite the change in operations. The mobile app will include nutritional and ingredient information for all menu items. Items available for purchase have detailed labeling directly on the packaging. Patrons will be able to accommodate allergies and choices including vegan and vegetarian preferences.

Limited Guest Counts, Face Coverings, and One-Way Traffic

Physical distancing remains important. Floor marking will denote six-feet separation in lines and at food locations, and traffic will flow in a one-way direction into, through, and out of the food pickup locations. Staff will pause entry into these spaces when occupancy is nearing modified capacity limits, and all individuals must wear their face covering while in the food areas or at pickup locations.


Seating is affected by health department limitations and the need for additional space to accommodate wait lines and physical distancing. To begin the fall semester, no indoor seating will be available. Seating availability may evolve through the semester, as health orders dictate.

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

Student Activities

Student Activities will continue to offer and support student organizations in offering a variety of activities for students in the fall 2020 semester in a virtual format. For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.


Due to ongoing COVID-19 regulations and social distancing protocols, Seaver 200 is suspended for fall 2020, meaning all Seaver students will automatically be exempt from the Convocation requirement for the fall semester. During this time, the Office of Seaver Spiritual Life Programs will provide students with opportunities for spiritual programming. This will include opportunities for the following:

  • One-on-one spiritual mentorship
  • Small groups led by student leaders and faculty and staff
  • Virtual worship gatherings
  • Live streamed Celebration Chapel, Word Up, and KCM worship
  • Various small gatherings of Veritas Club, Catholic Student Association, and others as permitted

In addition, the Hub for Spiritual Life will be available for spiritual care appointments. The Hub for Spiritual Life and Spiritual Life Programs will seek creative and alternative ways to embody the love of God in community with one another until Pepperdine is able to gather again for in-person worship.

Student Employment

Student employees will remain a valuable part of the Pepperdine work force and a valuable means of student learning. Supervisors will continue to post jobs on Handshake, and students will be able to apply online. Supervisors will conduct interviews virtually. Some work may be done remotely, and Student Employment staff will be available to help supervisors assess job responsibilities. For work that requires in-person staffing, student employees will follow the same guidelines set out by Human Resources for regular full-time staff. This will include the use of social distancing, face coverings, and plexiglass shielding where applicable. Student Employment staff will provide training and information sessions to address the needs of both student employees and supervisors.

Volunteer Center

Community service is at the heart of the Pepperdine identity, and during a crisis the need for engaging with community often increases. The Pepperdine Volunteer Center continues to offer meaningful service opportunities online supporting organizations and initiatives in communities in and around Malibu and available in all communities where students live and study.

Weekly Service - Students will continue to have opportunities to serve remotely. The PVC will provide opportunities to "serve anywhere," with needs identified from the organizations in multiple formats. Transportation will no longer be a problem, as PVC student leaders will provide opportunities to serve remotely, together, throughout the academic year.

Awareness Weeks - Students and campus partners will come together to build awareness and take action through Awareness Weeks. We will continue to offer programming around our Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice; National Week of Hunger and Homelessness; and Disabilities Awareness Week.

Jumpstart - Jumpstart will continue to work with preschool age children in low income communities. Jumpstart is utilizing this remote format with Pepperdine student Corps members preparing and supporting live Zoom-style curriculum modules for each school. All program partners and teachers are responding positively to Jumpstart and Pepperdine students supporting their children this year.

Project Serve - Preparations are underway for Project Serve 2022. Without a Spring Break this year, efforts will be made to connect students to internships with the organizations that we would normally serve with. The current plan for Project Serve 2022 will begin in the spring semester in the form of an immersive service, culture, and justice-oriented program.

Scholarship of Community Engagement - Faculty that utilize a service-learning pedagogy can expect to be fully supported from the PVC. All resources will continue to be available from consultations to mini grants to student service-learning advocates.

All information about service will be available soon on the PVC website. Information about applying for Leadership roles for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available soon.

International Student Guidance

International students have unique challenges and circumstances related to study in the United States during this time, including potential travel restrictions 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. 

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