Pepperdine Restoration Plan
- Gatherings and Events
- Common Spaces/Outdoor Areas
- Face Coverings/Social Distancing Policies
- Enforcement of All Policies
Gatherings and Events
At this time, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health determines whether
large gatherings and events can be held and the maximum number of people allowed to
attend. Currently, gatherings of people who are not part of a single household or
living unit are prohibited except for limited purposes specifically identified by
local and state guidance. As these orders are relaxed, the University will operate
in compliance with the limitations established.
Pepperdine has installed physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least six feet apart, seeking to meet the specific needs of various campus areas and stakeholders while ensuring a consistent and standard application across campuses.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, customer service or reception areas may have plastic barriers installed to limit contact between employees and visitors. However, physical barriers do not alleviate the University from the current physical distancing and face covering requirements.
Based on these guidelines, University plexiglass partitions have been installed in the following areas:
- Customer service, transaction, and reception areas where frequent, in-person interactions occur throughout the day
- Areas where faculty provide instruction in classrooms
Disinfection of installed partitions will be a shared responsibility between the University and the end user of that space. Refer to the University's cleaning plan summary for more information.
Common Spaces/Outdoor Areas
Social distancing guidelines and the related need to limit indoor gatherings will be enforced. No outdoor events will be allowed unless specifically permitted under Los Angeles County Public Health Orders. There will, however, be some appropriately spaced outdoor seating. Extra outdoor furniture will be placed in locations such as Alumni Park, Joslyn Plaza, and the residential community. For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.506.8111.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine: Quarantine refers to separating people who have been, or may have been, exposed to COVID-19, but are not showing signs of illness.
Isolation: Medical isolation refers to confining a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case to prevent contact with others and to reduce the risk of transmission.
As part of our comprehensive infection control plan, Pepperdine has secured scalable
quarantine and isolation space sufficient to support outbreaks in our campus population
throughout the academic year and, in particular, in the event of positive COVID-19
cases. The University's plan addresses facilities, medical care, transportation, academic
support, food and supplies delivery, and mental and spiritual counseling.
Quarantine and Isolation for On-Campus Residential Students
If, through the University's detailed contact tracing program, a residential student is determined to be a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, but tests negative and is showing no signs of illness, that student will be assigned to self-quarantine in a designated quarantine space either on or off campus. If, during self-quarantine, a student shows symptoms of illness or tests positive for COVID-19, the student will transfer to an on-campus isolation space for monitoring and additional medical care as needed. If sick or while awaiting test results, students will be assigned to isolation spaces on campus located in newly retrofitted spaces and the University's on-campus hotel.
Pepperdine will provide appropriate transportation for residential students to and from quarantine and isolation locations.
Care and Support During Isolation and Quarantine
The Student Health Center will coordinate the appropriate level of care to address
student health needs, dependent on medical condition and student preference, as identified
by a patient survey. Services available include medical check-in and treatment, food
delivery, Student Care Team case management, assistance with academic arrangements,
telehealth counseling and spiritual counseling, and other reasonable requests.
Quarantine for Students Living Off Campus
Whether living on or off campus, a student's well-being, medical support, and academic
support are Pepperdine's top priorities. The University will support off-campus students
with medical care and academic assistance. Students living off campus will be responsible
for quarantining or isolating in their residences as appropriate (not on campus),
or moving to alternative space.
Quarantine for Students Arriving from International Locations
Learn more about quarantine for international students under the Housing Plan.
Quarantine for Staff and Faculty
The University will require staff and faculty to adhere to quarantine and isolation mandates but will not dictate location. Individuals should quarantine at their primary residence or an off-campus location of their choosing. On-campus options outside of one's primary residence will not be available.
Face Coverings/Social Distancing Policies
The primary role of a face covering is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who may have COVID-19 but still feels well. However, there is evidence that face coverings also protect the wearer. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.
At all times while on any Pepperdine campus, with limited exceptions, employees, students and visitors will be required to wear a cloth face covering. This applies to all adults and to children over the age of two. Individuals with chronic respiratory conditions or other medical conditions that make use of a covering hazardous may seek to learn or work remotely. Students or employees alone in closed offices and residence hall rooms, and those engaged in outdoor exercise or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running alone and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others are not required to wear cloth face coverings.
A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. Keeping both the nose and mouth covered is important, and coverings can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. Reusable face covering options for the general public could include bandanas, neck gaiters, homemade face coverings, and scarves. Using N-95 respirators or surgical masks intended for the healthcare setting and health workers is strongly discouraged.
The University will issue two face coverings to every student, staff, and faculty
member of the Pepperdine community at no cost. Each individual will be responsible
for the appropriate frequent cleaning and wearing of the covering. Additionally, the
Pepperdine bookstore will have face coverings for sale.
At all times while on a Pepperdine campus, employees, students, and visitors to campus will be required to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another within all University settings, whenever feasible. Additionally, the University will comply with social distancing requirements as mandated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Social distancing is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19, which can spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact. By minimizing the amount of close contact with others, chances of catching the virus and spreading it within the community are reduced.
Enforcement of All Policies
Adherence to COVID-19 related policies is a personal demonstration of individual commitment to the health and safety of Pepperdine and our surrounding community. Each member of the community will be expected to wear a face covering while on campus, comply with social distancing guidelines, complete daily wellness checks, follow the directives of the Student Health Center, cooperate with University directives, and abide by local health guidance when off-campus.
Pepperdine will inform all members of the community about the University's COVID-19 policies. This will happen through videos, NSO program, letters, websites, President's Briefings, and other means.
Faculty and staff will be encouraged to respond to students who are not cooperating with the directions through a graduated approach from proactive expectation settings, reminders, and documentation of repeated non-compliance for review by Community Standards to calling DPS for defiant or disruptive responses.