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Seaver College Class Delivery Modality Update – January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

As you read in the University memorandum released earlier today, Seaver College will resume in-person classes beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 13, at 8 AM. I am fully supportive of this decision and grateful that we can resume delivery of Seaver College’s educational programs in our preferred modality. Omicron will continue to be with us, but I trust we can manage the current effects of the virus as we return to in-person classes. You may rest assured that we will continue to closely monitor conditions and respond quickly if necessary.

All Seaver College students were informed by the University to return between January 8–10, 2022, to complete Pepperdine-administered COVID-19 PCR testing prior to the start of in-person classes. To date, most students have complied with this directive and completed testing, but some have not. The following information will assist you in determining your status to attend in-person classes based on the results of your Pepperdine University COVID-19 test results.

The following groups of students are permitted to attend in-person classes beginning tomorrow.

  • All students who completed a Pepperdine University PCR entry testing and received a negative test result.
  • All students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the preceding 90 days and reported this test result to the Student Health Center, as long as they have completed their isolation period. Persons meeting these criteria are exempt from testing in the 90 days following their positive test result.

The following groups of students are precluded from attending in-person classes, but will be granted an accommodation to participate in classes remotely (online).

  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 as informed by a University-administered COVID-19 PCR test and are currently in isolation.
  • Students who have been directed by Pepperdine University or the Student Health Center to quarantine due to close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Students who have completed a Pepperdine-administered COVID-19 PCR test on one of the University’s campuses, but are awaiting their test results.

Students who have returned to campus, but who have not yet completed the required Pepperdine-administered COVID-19 PCR test are not permitted to attend in-person classes and may not receive an accommodation to attend classes remotely.

For students who have yet to return to campus and complete the mandatory on-campus testing requirement, I offer the following guidance. 

  • Positive COVID-19 Test Result. If you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the period immediately preceding your planned return to campus, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. You may be released from isolation after 5 days if you have a negative COVID-19 viral test result (an antigen test is preferred) on Day 5 of isolation (or later), have not had a fever in the preceding 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and all other symptoms are absent or improving. Absent testing to end the isolation period, the isolation period is 10 days and release is predicated on the absence of fever in the preceding 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and all other symptoms are absent or improving. If you have not done so, please inform the Student Health Center of your positive test result as soon as possible.  
  • Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Exposure. If an exposure, either confirmed or suspected, to an individual with COVID-19 is the reason you have yet to return to campus, you may fall into one of two categories.
    • If you have been fully vaccinated and boosted or are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible to receive the booster (5 months following an mRNA vaccine or 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and have no symptoms, you are not required to quarantine. These individuals must monitor their health for 10 days and wear a mask around other people; otherwise, there are no additional restrictions. Students in this category should immediately return to Pepperdine and undergo testing.
    • Individuals who are not up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations (unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or fully vaccinated and booster eligible but have not received the booster) must quarantine for a period of 10 days from their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. These individuals may be released from quarantine upon obtaining a negative COVID-19 viral test result (an antigen test is preferred) on Day 5 of quarantine and they have no  symptoms of COVID-19. Absent testing to end the quarantine period, its duration remains 10 days and release is predicated on the absence of all COVID-19 symptoms. If you meet the criteria for a COVID-19 quarantine, please inform the Student Health Center, if you have not done so previously. 
  • All Other Reasons. Students who have yet to return to campus for reasons other than isolation or required quarantine should return to campus as soon as possible.

Students who must remain home due to isolation or required quarantine will be provided an accommodation to participate in classes remotely (online). This accommodation will not be provided to students who remain away from campus for any other reason.

Upon returning to campus, students who have not performed a Pepperdine-administered COVID-19 PCR test during the period January 8–12, 2022, will not be cleared to resume in-person classes until they meet the aforementioned criteria for in-person attendance. For this reason, I strongly encourage all students eligible to do so to return to campus as soon as possible and complete a University-administered COVID-19 PCR test immediately upon their arrival. 

I realize that I have shared a great deal of detailed information in this message and apologize for the precise and meticulous content, as well as its length. For students who have returned to campus, completed testing, and obtained test results, the process is simple. If you have received a negative test result, you may attend in-person classes when they resume tomorrow. In all other cases, this memo provides specific guidance to address your specific situation.

Upon your return to campus, I also want to make you aware of the University’s revised masking policy. All students, as well as faculty and staff, are required to wear one of the following masks: surgical, N95, or KN95. The University has secured masks for all students and they may be obtained at any on-campus testing site by showing your student ID. Students must wear an approved mask to attend in-person classes. Please be certain to obtain your masks before your first class on Thursday, January 13.

With the decision to resume in-person classes, most other campus activities will also resume in-person starting tomorrow. Student organizations’ events and meetings will resume in person on Tuesday, January 18.

As I shared on the last day of 2021, I regret that we are not starting the spring semester with a greater degree of normalcy. The current Omicron environment creates additional burdens and challenges for all of us and I deeply wish this were not so. Remember, this community stands ready to support you. The Counseling Center (310.506.4210) and the Chaplain’s Office (310.506.4545), in particular, are good resources to consider if you are feeling overwhelmed. I have great confidence in your resilience and I know that you will continue to adapt as the spring semester unfolds. Whatever difficulties may await us, please know that the entire University is ready to support you. I wish you the best in 2022 and great success during the spring semester.