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Important COVID-19 Policy Reminders

August 27, 2021

What a joy it is to see students beginning to fill this campus! We are so glad you are here or will be joining us within a few days. 
 
As we start this fall semester on ground on our Malibu and international program campuses, we want to remind you to take an active role in your safety and well-being and to demonstrate your care for the entire Pepperdine community. Knowing and complying with all Pepperdine COVID-19 policies and guidelines is both a responsibility and expectation of all students. Furthermore, doing so will help us advance community safety and well-being. For these reasons, please read all of the policies carefully and regularly as they may be revised as University and Los Angeles County guidelines change. We’ve highlighted a few important ones below. International program students may have modified requirements based on local guidance, which will be shared directly by the Office of International Programs.

  1. Masks are required indoors. This includes everywhere except in your on-campus residential suite or apartment and then only if no guests are present.
  2. Screening testing is required weekly. Currently, all students, regardless of vaccination status, must test weekly using a self-administered test at one of the on-campus testing sites. This testing is required; it is not optional. Testing is free of charge, and plenty of time slots are available for appointments. You will receive an invitation email from SwabSeq UCLA to schedule your testing appointment.
  3. You must fully cooperate with and participate in all contact tracing requests. Furthermore, your response to all inquiries must be timely and immediate. If you test positive or are identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive, the Student Health Center’s contact tracers must be able to contact you quickly to obtain accurate information. Please respond to their calls or emails right away.
  4. Quarantine and isolation rules must be followed. If necessary, University officials will provide you with clear instructions for how to do so that must be followed. If you are a residential student, the University will direct you to appropriate quarantine or isolation locations. You must be responsive to University officials while in these locations and follow all instructions carefully. If you live off campus, you should make arrangements in advance with your family or apartment mates on how all residents will manage and comply with Los Angeles County Public Health quarantine or isolation requirements.
  5. Don’t go to class if you are ill. If you are not feeling well, it is important that you stay in your room and not attend class. Inform your professors, and they will work with you to accommodate your absence.

These policies are all in place to keep you and our community safe. We trust and hope you will comply on your own accord, but, to ensure compliance, the University has robust plans in place to enforce all COVID-19 policies. Because we know your character, we do not expect to need to enforce our policies often; however, consequences will apply for noncompliance, and when appropriate, students who are not in compliance will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for disciplinary action.
 
Please remember numerous other resources are available to support you at Pepperdine. Your faculty and residence life student leaders and staff are eager to help. The Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, the Hub for Spiritual Life, the Student Success Center, the Student Care Team, the RISE Program, and the Seaver Dean’s Office, among others, stand ready to help. We also have many areas to help you get engaged with student life, including Student Activities, Intercultural Affairs, Student Employment, and Campus Recreation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or need further assistance.

We can’t wait to greet you on campus.