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Graziadio Business School COVID-19 Updates

The Graziadio Business School has implemented health and safety policies in coordination with the Pepperdine Restoration Plan. Additional information will be shared by the school as it becomes available.

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Information for Current and Newly Admitted Students - Summer 2022

  Full-Time Programs

All students:

  • Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, May 2, and ending on Friday, August 12.
  • Most classes will be held in-person at the Malibu campus. Students can anticipate the possibility of a limited number of classes, up to four units, to be taken in the online modality. Online sections will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.
  • Classes will be offered during the following time blocks: 8 AM to 12 noon, 1 PM to 5 PM, and 6 PM to 10 PM.

Contact: Dr. Clemens Kownatzki, Associate Dean, Full-Time Programs
clemens.kownatzki@pepperdine.edu

Stan Woo, Director, Full-Time Programs
stan.woo@pepperdine.edu

  Part-Time/Online Programs

New students:

  • Program-specific orientations with faculty and staff via Zoom will be held the week of April 18.
  • The Personal and Leadership Development workshops will be offered starting Friday, May 6.

All students:

  • Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, May 2, and ending on Friday, August 12.

Online BSM

  • There are no changes with our online program offerings.

BSM

  • The four-unit courses will be offered in the hybrid modality. It will consist of in-person instruction from 6 PM to 10 PM and synchronous Zoom sessions on alternating weeks (e.g. week 1: in-person, week 2: Zoom session, week 3: in-person, etc). Students are expected to attend the in-person instruction and Zoom sessions. Students who are unable to enroll in the hybrid modality will have access to courses in the online modality through a request process with the program office.
  • The two-unit courses will be offered exclusively in the online modality. Online courses will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

Fully Employed MBA

  • Students will have the option to choose the hybrid or online modality for core courses. The hybrid modality consists of in-person instruction from 6 PM to 10 PM and synchronous Zoom sessions on alternating weeks (e.g. week 1: in-person, week 2: Zoom session, week 3: in-person, etc). Students are expected to attend the in-person instruction and Zoom sessions.
  • The elective courses will be offered exclusively in the online modality. Online courses will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS (MBA, MSML, MSHR, MSBA)

New students:

  • The Personal and Leadership Development workshops will be offered starting Friday,  May 6.

All students:

Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, May 2, and ending on Monday, August 12.

Contact: Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Dean, Executive and Part-Time Programs
charla.brown@pepperdine.edu

Tasha Bruner, Director, Part-Time Programs
tasha.bruner@pepperdine.edu

  Executive Programs

Executive MBA/Presidents & Key Executive MBA

  • Program kickoff for new EMBA students will be held in person from May 4 to 7.
  • Program kickoff for new PKE students will be held in person from May 11 to 14.
  • Weekend intensive sessions for new and continuing students will also be held in person.

MS in Organization Development

  • The foundation courses will resume online as planned with intensive residential sessions taking place in-person at various domestic and international destinations.

Doctor of Business Administration

  • Week-long intensive sessions for new and continuing students will be held in-person.

Contact: Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Dean, Executive and Part-Time Programs
charla.brown@pepperdine.edu

Bobby Patsios, Director, EMBA/PKE Program Administration
bobby.patsios@pepperdine.edu

Sue Funkhouser, Director, MSOD Program Administration
sue.funkhouser@pepperdine.edu

Sangeetha Rao, Director, DBA Program Administration
sangeetha.rao@pepperdine.edu

 

FAQs

  COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

What vaccines are available?

The University strongly encourages students who are able to be fully vaccinated with a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized or World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccine.

The Student Health Center on the Malibu campus has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site by the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program and vaccinations are being offered at on-campus clinics as the University receives additional supply of the vaccine. Community members, however, who wish to be vaccinated and meet current eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine elsewhere if possible and not wait for the vaccine to become available at the University. Learn more about the Student Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

What does being vaccinated mean?

According to the Center for Disease Control, you are considered vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

If I am planning to come to campus for a brief period of time, am I still required to follow the COVID-19 vaccine policy?

Yes, students from all programs (full-time, part-time, online, and executive programs) who will be accessing any of the campuses, including the graduate regional campuses, regardless of duration and/or frequency, will need to comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy either by submitting proof of vaccination or the exemption form.

If I am traveling internationally as part of a Pepperdine-sponsored international program, what are the vaccine requirements?

All faculty, staff, and students participating in Pepperdine-sponsored international programs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in advance of their departure to the program. Due to the evolving nature of host country policies, immigration requirements, and travel restrictions, there are no exemptions to this policy. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine that is authorized or approved by the Center for Disease Control Prevention and by host country authorities.

Where can I find more information about how Pepperdine is prioritizing the health and well-being of the University community?

Please review the COVID-19 Planning and Preparation website outlining available resources and policies, including the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

  International Students

Travelers Arriving in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the State of California advise that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel guidance:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for fully vaccinated people.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for unvaccinated people.

When making your travel plans, you should first carefully review and follow the most updated COVID-19 requirements and guidance at the following websites:

Can I stay in the US and take classes fully online?

Based on the school’s return to in-person instruction for most courses, students will need to enroll in in-person courses.

Can I return to my home country to finish my degree?

Please contact your academic advisor to explore options that may be available to you depending on your program of study. It is also recommended that you contact OISS to understand potential implications on your visa status and eligibility for OPT.

What if I cannot come back to the US?

If for any reason you can not return to the US, please notify OISS and your academic advisor for further instructions.

What if I cannot come back to resume OPT?

Please get in touch with your assigned Designated School Office (DSO) or OISS for consultation on the latest guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP).

How do I get in touch with the Office of International Student Services (OISS)?

You may contact OISS at oiss@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.4246.

  Campus Resources

How can I access library resources?

Pepperdine Libraries is excited to support students, faculty, and staff as we adapt to this online semester. Although the library buildings are closed, there are numerous online services available for teaching and learning remotely. If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact a librarian through online chat or email.

Where can I find counseling support?

Students may contact the Counseling Center via email or by phone at 310.506.4210. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students.

Will I have access to tech support

Yes, tech support is available at our Pepperdine campuses and through Tech Central 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 310.506.HELP (4357). IT is also providing live, online group training on Zoom and Courses (Sakai). Please review the student online training schedule.

  Academic Support and Accessibility

Will my accommodations differ depending on the modality of the course I am enrolled in?

You will receive the same accommodations regardless of the course modality.
Notes: Please check your Note-taker Network. Notify the note-taking services coordinator immediately if you are not receiving notes.

Exams: You will still receive exam accommodations. Please work with your professor(s) as assessment information is discussed. If you would like OSA to resend a copy of your accommodation letter to your professor(s), please send the names of your instructor(s) and classes to the Office of Student Accessibility.

What academic support resources are available to me?

Student Engagement and Success is available to provide academic support to all students. We have a variety of academic resources to help support your success:

Wyzant Online Tutoring
Faculty/staff can refer students to receive free online content and writing tutoring with experienced tutors who have been pre-screened to have the appropriate academic/professional credentials. Please connect with your academic advisors with further questions about the online tutoring service.

Pepperdine Libraries Online Support
The Graduate Campus Libraries (Drescher/West LA/Irvine) are open and additionally, online support is available through Pepperdine Libraries.

Website Resources
There are many additional writing, communication, and academic resources available to you on the Student Success section of our website.

Questions?
Should you have any questions about the online academic support available, please contact Student Engagement and Success.

  Financial Aid and Housing

What are my options to obtain additional funding due to changes in my financial circumstances?

You can seek loan options as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit the Financial Aid website to learn more about your options. You can also contact the Financial Aid office via email or by phone at 310.568.5530.

Will there be an impact on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) that I receive as part of my veteran benefits?

Pepperdine University is approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality. This means as of now, your BAH benefit payments will remain the same for the summer 2022 term. If you were certified under distance learning or residence, BAH payments will be paid accordingly based on your enrollment certification.

Does PGBS have a list of recommended off-campus housing options?

Yes. Please find a list of off-campus housing options on the Pepperdine Graziadio Housing Guide.