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In line with current, best scientific practices, Pepperdine will prioritize diagnostic testing and continue to follow the development of antibody testing for potential use in particular circumstances or more widely in the community. The University will have an ample supply of testing kits, on-site processing equipment, established relationships for off-site lab processing, and additional medical staff and will be prepared for all needed testing during this academic year.


Diagnostic Testing and Screening

Students at the Malibu Campus

PCR diagnostic testing is currently the most accurate diagnostic COVID-19 testing method. The test is lab-processed with sample collection using a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab, and results indicate the presence or absence of the virus at the time of the test. Pepperdine has procured an ample supply of testing kits to handle all student testing needs at the Malibu and graduate campuses, including for symptomatic individuals and close contacts of identified positive cases. Pepperdine has secured the ability to process these tests at off-campus medical labs and at urgent care facilities near our graduate campus locations.

Additionally, Pepperdine is procuring equipment and testing kits to process antigen diagnostic tests on campus at the Student Health Center with a 20-minute turnaround time. Though less accurate than PCR testing, this rapid test is an important tool for effective infection control. Positive test results will trigger isolation procedures, and negative test results where there is a strong suspicion of the presence of the virus will trigger a follow-up PCR test for confirmation.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff will utilize their primary care providers, or other chosen healthcare option to complete necessary testing. Contact tracing will remain coordinated through the Student Health Center.

Students at the Graduate Campuses

The Student Health Center will coordinate testing for students at the graduate campuses, including utilizing local urgent care facilities for testing administration. Protocols at the graduate campuses will mirror those in Malibu, though administration may be carried out nearer the graduate campuses when appropriate.

Screening

Mass screening has limited efficacy (as it only establishes a result in a moment in time), and a more comprehensive plan, which addresses potentially symptomatic individuals and blends cohesively with contact tracing and the identification and testing of close contacts, is most effective. However, as an additional precautionary measure, and as a screening tool for the start of the fall semester, Pepperdine urges faculty, staff, and students to obtain a diagnostic test for COVID-19 seven to ten days before arrival at one of Pepperdine’s campuses. (Students may upload their test results through the Student Health Center Patient Portal.) While there will be no strict requirement to provide proof of test results, those testing positive must delay their arrival on a Pepperdine campus.

The University continues to review our testing protocols with our medical professionals and infectious disease specialists, and will make adjustments as necessary. Pepperdine is prepared to screen groups as needed throughout the academic year, which may be dictated by trends, hot spots, and the presence of positive cases.

Antibody Testing

Pepperdine will continue to follow the development of antibody testing for potential use in particular circumstances or more widely in the community.

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

 

Daily Wellness Check

Every member of the Pepperdine University community will be required to complete a daily wellness check before arriving on campus. The daily check asks all individuals to record their temperature and indicate if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. The time employees spend completing this form each day is considered paid time.

Students, faculty, staff, and other community members will be directed to stay home and make appropriate notifications if they have a fever or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. For students, faculty, and staff unable to complete the check at home, they may complete the form upon arrival on campus, assuming they have no symptoms. Symptomatic individuals should remain home.

The Student Health Center will have access to all collected data. Anyone reporting a temperature higher than 100°F or reporting potential COVID-19 symptoms will be flagged for follow-up. Athletics and HRL will immediately notify the Student Health Center regarding any potential COVID-19 exposure within their purview for follow-up by the University’s contract tracing team. University administrators tasked with gathering, reviewing, or working with this data will maintain confidentiality to the extent possible, and outdated data will be periodically deleted.

Forms will be delivered to each University community member daily by email, as well as posted on the University’s coronavirus website.

Compliance will be monitored by:

  • Supervisors for faculty/staff
  • Housing and Residence Life staff for residential students
  • Student Affairs for Seaver commuter students
  • Dean’s office designee for non-residential graduate students
  • International programs directors for international programs participants when programs resume

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