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Student Activities and Services

Student Handbook 2016-2017

Academic Computing

Information Technology provides advanced computer facilities for students. Pepperdine University currently maintains more than 15 general and division specific labs throughout the campus. The main computing center is located on the second floor of Payson Library. Computers also exist in Howard A. White Center, Café Fresca in the Center for Communication and Business, and the Sandbar Café in Tyler Campus Center. Visit the IT Web site at community.pepperdine.edu/it for hours of operation.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides a wide variety of programs and services, including Club Sports, Fitness, Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Recreation, weight centers, student employment, development and leadership opportunities.

The Club Sports Program provides a high level of competition in eight active sports, including Men’s Rugby, Men’s Lacrosse, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Surfing, and Men’s Soccer. Club Sports compete against other colleges and universities and are designed to provide a team-oriented atmosphere and leadership opportunities for club officers.

The Fitness Program includes both group fitness classes and instructional program classes. Group fitness offers over 25 classes per week, including indoor cycling, kickboxing, and strength training, Pilates, and Yoga. The Instructional Program offers opportunities to acquire new skills, abilities, and expertise while working on overall health and fitness. Classes have included mixed martial arts and recreational ballet.

Informal Recreation offers free rentals of sports equipment, including basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, wiffleball bats and balls, Frisbees, and tennis racquets.

The Intramural Sports Program consists of organized leagues; tournaments; and special events for women, men, and co-recreational teams in a variety of sports and events each semester. Some intramural sports include flag football, indoor volleyball, basketball, soccer and table tennis.

The Outdoor Recreation Program consists of outdoor trips, excursions, clinics, and workshops. Recent events include skiing/snowboarding, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Outdoor reaction equipment is also available for rental, including tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and flashlights.

The Weight Center, located in Firestone Fieldhouse and open seven days per week, offers a variety of training options, including free weights, cardiovascular machines, and selectorized weight machines.

To access updated schedules, program offerings, and registration for Campus Recreation Programs, call 310.506.4490 or visit our Web site: community.pepperdine.edu/campusrecreation

Career Center

The Seaver College Career Center is committed to assisting students in the career exploration process, the selection of a major, the development of a career plan, and by helping students build meaningful professional experience while in school and after graduation. Students can take charge of their careers early by meeting with a career counselor, participating in self-assessments and attending workshops that sharpen skills like resume writing, interviewing, and internship or job search. Industry Specialists provide tailored support for students and employers according to job function, which empowers job seekers to make competitive connections to professional opportunities. Students can also connect with alumni, parents, and friends of the University for career conversations, resume reviews, and mock interviews through the Pepperdine Career Network. Special offerings like career fairs, Project e(x)ternship, the Career Coaching Program, and Pepperdine Career Week help students prepare for the world of work and gain the confidence employers recognize. Preparation always makes a difference in interviews, whether for a part-time job, an important internship, or a position with real career potential. Visit us on the second floor of Tyler Campus Center. We are also available by phone at 310.506.4184 or online at seaver.pepperdine.edu/career-services.


From its beginning, Pepperdine has included regular assemblies where students gather to worship, hear words of encouragement from engaging speakers, be challenged with God’s word, and learn more about how they can make a difference in this world. Chapel and convocation programs are the contemporary connection to this integral aspect of Pepperdine’s Christian mission and heritage. All Seaver undergraduate students are required to attend the equivalent of one convocation program each week (totaling 14 credits each semester). Attendance at recognized convocation programs counts toward a grade in which students receive half of one unit of academic credit each semester. The units do not contribute toward the 128 units required for graduation, but the grade earned applies to the student’s graduation GPA and will appear on full transcripts.

There are over 150 program options each semester to fulfill the attendance requirement. The options range in size from a large assembly to one-on-one meetings. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and find programs that appeal to their interests.

  1. Wednesday Morning Chapel – This program takes place at 10a.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse with about 1,000 students in attendance. Programs feature a time of worship including singing, prayer, and a speaker or presentation from a Christian faith perspective.
  2. Ongoing Chapels and Special Events – These medium-sized programs (150-300 students) include Celebration Chapel, featuring a time of student-led worship, language chapels in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and other programs sponsored by various departments and organizations on campus.
  3. Club Convo – This is a small group of students (usually 10-15) led by a faculty or staff member on topics ranging from biblical texts to contemporary faith issues.
  4. Spiritual Mentoring – Students can request to be paired with a faculty or staff member to complete four sessions of mentoring to focus on values, beliefs, ethics, and other issues related to the Christian life.
  5. For more programs offered, policies, the grading scale, and the calendar of events, visit: community.pepperdine.edu/seaver/convo.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center seeks to promote student mental health in the Pepperdine community. Academic success, social relationships, physical health, and spiritual well being are often affected by mental health issues, so students are encouraged to attend to this aspect of self-care as well.

All Pepperdine students are eligible to seek professional, confidential counseling services at the Counseling Center. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the center’s services in addressing day-to-day stressors such as time management issues, relationship concerns, and sleep difficulties. The licensed mental health professionals on staff are also prepared to provide services to students with more serious mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. There are no charges for individual or group counseling sessions.

The center operates primarily from a brief therapy model. Although exceptions can be made, most issues are expected to be resolved in 10 sessions or fewer. If it is determined that more intensive services off-campus are needed, the center staff will assist students in finding providers, keeping in mind whatever special needs, transportation, or insurance issues should be considered.

Beyond counseling services, the center staff also offers consultation, assisting a concerned individual (e.g., parent, faculty member, roommate) with how to respond to a student with apparent mental health concerns, including, when appropriate, how to sensitively suggest the student seek professional services. The center staff is also actively involved in outreach and prevention activities on campus and welcomes invitations from student groups to provide presentations. The center employs a psychiatrist who provides mental health medication management for a minimal charge. Students should call 310.506.4210 to make an appointment for any of these services.

The center is located in Tyler Campus Center 270. For after-hours emergency mental health situations, call Public Safety at 310.506-4441. Additional information, including self-help resources, is available on the center’s Web site: community.pepperdine.edu/counselingcenter.

Dining Services

The Leon Sr. and Bessie M. Rockwell Dining Center is the main dining area in Tyler Campus Center and is open to all members of the Pepperdine community. This facility combines elements of retail sales and the meal plan by charging all customers a la carte prices for all items served.

Residents may choose meal plans with 1,000, 1,600, 2,150, 2,560, 3,000, or 3,500 points per semester for use in the Waves Café, Nature's Edge, La Brea Bakery Café, Jamba Juice, HAWC Café and Store, Coffee Cart, Café Fresca, Firestone Fieldhouse Kiosk, Drescher Café, and School of Law Café. All residents living in standard halls are required to be on a minimum of the 1,600 meal plan.

Meal plans of 250, 500 or 775 points are available for commuters and residents living in the apartments. Waves Cash may be added to any Pepperdine identification card in any amount by visiting OneStop or http://webdeposit.pepperdine.edu.

Students wishing to change or cancel their meal plans should submit an e-mail request to the Housing and Residence Life Office by the end of the add/drop period. After the add/drop period, no refunds are available. However, students can upgrade their meal plans at any point during the semester by sending an email to the Housing and Residence Life Office.

Students are required to show their identification cards when purchasing food on campus. Students may purchase meals for friends and relatives but must be present to purchase the meals.

Dining Facilities:

Waves Café

This is our main dining facility located on the first floor of the Tyler Campus Center (TCC). The Waves Café features four entrée stations serving freshly prepared items including vegan and vegetarian entrees, a salad bar, pizza bar, made-to-order sandwiches, bakery items, cereal bar, and your choice of gourmet soups and desserts.

Nature's Edge

Nature's Edge, located on the first floor of the TCC, offers convenient access to organic and healthy options to meet the dietary needs of our community. You will find hot vegan and vegetarian meals and soups, gluten-free items, and organic snacks.

La Brea Bakery Café

La Brea Bakery is located on the first floor of the TCC and offers a full Peet's coffee bar, a wide selection of pastries, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and freshly prepared paninis and soups.

Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice, located on the second floor of the TCC in the Sandbar student lounge, offers delicious and nutritious smoothies throughout the day.

HAWC Café & Store

This newly-renovated café, located on the second floor of the Howard A. White Center, features gourmet coffee, made-to-order pasta, warm brownies, and "small plates" of delicious foods, such as slyders, hot wings, and flatbread pizzas.

Coffee Cart

The Coffee Cart is located near the fountain in Joslyn Plaza. This location offers a wide variety of Peet's coffee and espresso beverages, grab-and-go bakery items, snacks, and fresh fruit.

Café Fresca

This grab-and-go café, located in the Center for Communication and Business, features La Brea bakery sandwiches, Simply-to-Go items, salads, sushi, and beverages.

Fieldhouse Kiosk

This convenient dining location in the Firestone Fieldhouse offers sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages.

Drescher Café

Situated in the Villa Graziadio Executive Center, the Drescher Café is a full service café offering a unique menu. There is an Udon Noodle Bar, Asian Stir Fry Station, hot entrée station, grill, and pizza station.

School of Law Café

The School of Law Café is located on the first floor of the Pepperdine Law School. Hot entrées, grill options, salad bar, soups, pizza, made-to-order sandwiches, La Brea Bakery sandwiches, and Simply-to-Go salads are offered at this location.

Office of Student Accessibility

Pepperdine University is committed to complying with all mandates set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the University's Office of Student Accessibility before their academic program begins. Upon verification of the student's disability, the Office of Student Accessibility will work with each student on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate accommodations while maintaining academic integrity of the courses. Students should expect a two-week timeframe in which the documentation and request will be reviewed. If the documentation is incomplete and/or does not meet the Office of Student Accessibility guidelines, students will be required to submit complete documentation before accommodations may be granted.

Students who are registered with the Office of Student Accessibility will receive letters with which to provide faculty verifying their accommodations. Students must request accommodations each semester through the submission of a completed Service Request Form.

Inquiries should be directed to the Director of the Office of Student Accessibility at 506-6500. For further information regarding documentation guidelines, office forms, and resources for students, please visit the Office of Student Accessibility website: pepperdine.edu/student-accessibility.

Health Center

The Pepperdine Student Health Center (SHC) is committed to providing high quality, multi-specialty, and low-cost health care to our diverse community of students. The primary focus is to keep students healthy by providing preventive care, treating illness and injury in a timely manner, and making appropriate referrals when necessary. Health education is emphasized with an aim to provide care in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment. Honest, open communication is encouraged. The SHC staff is dedicated to perpetuating the wellness of the whole being – body, mind and spirit.

The SHC functions similar to a family practice office and provides a wide variety of services which include care for illness and injury, women's and men's health, dermatology, sports medicine, immunizations, labs, in-house testing, nutrition, massage therapy, and administering medications. In addition, the SHC offers specialized clinics such as flu vaccination, travel medicine, allergy, and STI/HIV testing. All information reported at the SHC is confidential and is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of health information.

Students seeking medical care at the SHC will be charged an initial fee, and follow-up visits are charged based on the complexity of the services provided. All charges are kept at a minimal cost, and insurance companies will often reimburse for costs incurred. Ancillary services such as medications, injections, lab work, and minor surgical and/or elective procedures carry additional charges. Because students are required to carry health insurance, all SHC fees can be charged to a student's account or paid for by cash or check. A super bill can be provided to submit to the insurance company for reimbursement. Students wishing to see an off-campus medical provider, such as physician, dentist, or optometrist, are encouraged to contact the SHC for referral information.

All registered students have access to the off-site PEP-RN Nurse Advice Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing (800) 413-0848. The nurse line is staffed with registered nurses who can help students determine if they need to seek medical care and learn ways to stay healthy.

The SHC sees patients by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome with priority given to scheduled appointments, except in an emergency. The SHC is located at the northwest corner of Rho parking lot at Towers Road. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Appointments can be made online at pepperdine.medicatconnect.co, or by calling 506-4316, option 3. Visit community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter for more information.

Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs (ICA) strives to connect, engage, and inspire students through effective, educational programs, services and experiences that promote academic success and holistic development. ICA aims to build a diverse community of respect, learning, understanding, equity, and inclusion; and cultivate skills, friendships, and leadership capacity through meaningful engagement with peers, faculty, staff, and local communities. Together, these strategies aim to educate and prepare culturally competent graduates for purposeful lives devoted to Christian discipleship, service, mercy, and justice in local, national, and global contexts.

Intercultural Affairs provides students with excellent resources, advising, educational programs, and services that enhance the educational experience for all students and foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and educationally stimulating campus environment. This environment will help students explore their own and others' various identities as well as provide academic, social, and cultural support. Adopting a Christian theological framework, ICA serves as a conduit for engaging the important issues that advance learning and shape a climate of inclusion. For more information about ICA, visit their office in the HAWC.

IT Help Desk

Technical support for students is coordinated through the IT Help Desk. Various technology support resources including telephone technical support, telephone and voicemail service, hardware and software repairs, computer lab assistance, technology training and ID Card Services may be accessed by calling the Help Desk at 506-4357 (H-E-L-P), or 1-866-767-8623 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Mail Services

Mail Services is located on the Facilities Management and Planning pad (FM&P). All incoming mail for the University community is received, processed and disseminated through Mail Services.

All incoming mail must have a student name and mailbox number included in the address. Mail Services reserves the right to open and/or return any mail not displaying a student name. If the student's mailbox number is not provided, there may be a delay in processing until the mailbox number is located.

All student mail must be addressed in the following manner:

Student Name Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coasty Hwy. #(your 4-digit box number)
Malibu, CA 90263-_______(your 4-digit box number)

The use of University Mail Services for non-Pepperdine related business purposes is prohibited. Any mail addressed to a business may be returned to the sender by Mail Services. All Seaver student mail is sorted to individual mailboxes located in Tyler Campus Center on the second floor in the Sandbar Student Lounge. Packages for Seaver students may be picked up at the pickup window. Office hours are 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. Resident graduate student mailboxes are located by their apartment. Packages for resident graduate students may be picked up from Mail Services located on the FM&P pad. When a package comes in for a student, they will receive an email notification. Students need to bring the email and their CWID to the service window in the student mailbox area to receive their package.

All Seaver and resident graduate students will have a mailbox on campus. Students can access their box numbers and combinations from WaveNet. Offices will use this address when notifying students of important information. Students will forfeit their mailboxes if they leave the University except in the case of emergency. Mail Services must be notified when students leave in order for their mailboxes to be retained. Students must forward their mail if they are leaving during the summer or attending an International Program. For more information, see: community.pepperdine.edu/businessservices/mail/studentmail.htm.

Students may mail letters, packages, express packages, and purchase stamps at the Mail Services retail window located on the FM&P pad during business hours (8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday – Friday). Limited mailing supplies are available for purchase.

Central Receiving

Central Receiving is responsible for the receiving and shipping of material via ground services for the University and students. Central Receiving is located on the FM&P pad.

Student packages are received daily, and after they are entered into the receiving system, they are transported to the mailbox area in TCC. Graduate student packages are taken to Mail Services on the FM&P pad. If packages or other items are too large to be put into the student's mailbox, a student will receive an email notification stating the location to pick up their package. If the student's mailbox number is not on the package, there may be a delay in processing the package until the mailbox number is located.

Students may ship packages via UPS Ground through Central Receiving. Packages must be prepared for shipping; there are limited shipping supplies available. Payment may be made by cash or check. Large shipments via trucking companies must be shipped collect or prepaid by credit card. For more information, call 506-6293.


OneStop is the first stop for all of your administrative needs. Visit OneStop on the second floor of Thornton Administrative Center to register for courses, make a payment to your student account, schedule an academic advising appointment, purchase discounted movie tickets, and much more. Please visit us on the Web at seaver.pepperdine.edu/onestop, call us at 506-7999, or send an e-mail to onestop@pepperdine.edu.

Photocopy Services

Students seeking standard photocopy services may use the fee-based copy machines located in Payson Library and the Sandbar. Bulk and regular black and white and full-color photocopying, printing, binding, lamination, and graphic design consultation are among the many services provided by the University's Printing Services department. For hours of operation and additional information, please visit: community.pepperdine.edu/businessservices/printing.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment while respecting the rights and dignity of individuals utilizing programs and facilities. This mission shall be accomplished within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances. In addition to patrolling the campus 24 hours a day, the Department of Public Safety offers a security escort program, neighborhood watch, and crime prevention. For more information, please visit our Web site at pepperdine.edu/publicsafety.

Campus Safety Report

The Clery Act is a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses for the last three years. This information must be published and distributed by by October 1 each year to current and prospective students and employees. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education. Additionally, a fire safety report must be available as well documenting fires and describing fire detection equipment in each residential facility. Please browse the links found on the Public Safety website to view the current Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, as well as links to the individual reports based on type and location. Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 310-506-4700 to obtain a paper copy of these reports or a copy of the daily crime log.

Safe Rides

Pepperdine's Safe Rides program exists to provide a safer community. Students who do not feel safe in an off campus location, regardless of the circumstances, are encouraged to call Public Safety for assistance at (310) 506-4441. Public Safety will facilitate your safe return to campus by utilizing the appropriate resources. This is not a confidential service, but students should not fear disciplinary action for seeking assistance when in an unsafe situation.

Spiritual Life

Students are provided many opportunities to explore, grow, and develop their faith. We offer opportunities throughout the year for worship together and deepening your relationship with God. The Office of the Chaplain provides pastoral care and resources for prayer, renewal and spiritual development. Faculty and staff across the University contribute to spiritual life through mentoring, small groups, and joining students in various spiritual activities. Student-Led Ministries supports student initiated worship, service, and ministry. Many events sponsored by Convocation, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center, Student Activities and Housing and Residence Life deepen students' connection with God. As George Pepperdine envisioned, we hope each student has an opportunity to see Jesus' message lived out at Pepperdine, and that those who choose to do so will find partners on a path to growth in Christian faith and discipleship.

Each freshman residential community is served by a Spiritual Life Advisor (SLA), a fellow student who leads a small group and is dedicated to responding to spiritual needs. SLAs help students get involved in spiritual life, and serve as prayer partners and listeners. Staff in the Office of the University Chaplain are also available as resources for personal soul care and spiritual discernment.

Students are strongly encouraged to become active in a local church. Worship services are held on campus each Sunday morning and evening at the University Church of Christ. The church sponsors a campus ministry, with offices in the Plaza Classrooms. There are also several churches in our area that have active student programs that plan Bible studies, spiritual retreats, opportunities for worship and fellowship, and have campus ministers available to provide spiritual guidance for Pepperdine students. Housing and Residence Life or the Office of the Chaplain are happy to help connect students with a local faith community where our students, faculty, or staff are currently active.

Student Activities

Student Activities offers many opportunities for students to be involved in campus-wide activities. The office plans and implements many high quality, co-curricular programs that contribute to a vibrant campus life atmosphere, strengthen the Pepperdine community, and build upon campus traditions.

Starting the year with New Student Orientation, students and their families are introduced to life at Pepperdine. Each fall during Waves Weekend, students invite family members back to campus to get a taste of college life. Reelstories Film Festival, Dance in Flight, and Songfest are annual spring events that showcase the vast array of our talented students.

Student Activities also oversees Greek Life, the Student Programming Board, and the Student Government Association. Greek organizations sponsor many service projects and philanthropies as well as social events. For information on how to be involved in any of these programs, please visit Student Activities in the HAWC or call (310) 506-4201.

Student Employment

Student Employment at Pepperdine University seeks to engage students in meaningful work where they have an opportunity to develop essential job skills. Students are encouraged to view their employment experiences from a career development perspective as they learn more about their skills, interests, and the world of work.

Students interested in employment while enrolled at Pepperdine University may utilize the services of the Student Employment Office. Services include on- and off-campus job listings, community service job opportunities and summer employment opportunities. The University offers positions in research, recreation, clerical support, telecommunications, computer technology and other fields of interest. Participating students must comply with University personnel policies and procedures. Students eligible for Federal Work Study may work on-campus, but are also encouraged to participate in the Community Service Program, which offers opportunities in education, health care, social work, law enforcement, and government. Off-campus opportunities are available in childcare, private tutoring, retail, and office management. The Student Employment Office, located in Tyler Campus Center 210, is open Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) represents and advocates for the general student body through an elected executive board and senate. The SGA's executive branch consists of four executive officers: president, executive vice president, vice president of administration, and vice president of finance. The SGA's legislative branch, known as the Senate, consists of four class presidents (one per class), twelve class senators (three per class), and various directors for each of the SGA's standing committees.

In cooperation with University administration, the SGA allocates funds collected from the Student Government and Activity fee to improve the student experience. The SGA supports projects related to student life, leadership development, spiritual formation, cultural awareness, civic engagement, and class activities; as well as the promotion of strategic initiatives, campus unity, and communication among students, faculty, and administration. To learn more about serving in an elected or appointed position, please visit SGA's Peppervine page or community.pepperdine.edu/seaver/studentactivities/sga/. Students can also contact their SGA representatives by calling (310) 506-4534, emailing sga@pepperdine.edu , or stopping by the SGA office in the HAWC.

Student Organizations

Pepperdine recognizes that student organizations enrich the social, cultural, and educational experiences of students and the University community. Pepperdine has over 110 registered student organizations that are part of the Inter-Club Council and represent a diverse range of interests. In addition to these clubs Student Activities advises a national Greek system of eight sororities and five fraternities. Student Activities and the Inter-Club Council work collaboratively to serve student organizations and the Pepperdine community. A student government and activities fee of $126 is assigned to each Seaver student's account each fall and spring semester. Twenty-five percent of the fee goes towards student club allocations. There are many services available to student organizations to assist groups with all aspects of major event planning. Information about student organizations can be found by contacting Student Activities at 506-4201.

Student Programming Board

The Student Programming Board exists to create a lively schedule of activities for students, both on and off campus. Some of the Board's most popular events include Blue & Orange Madness, Winter Wonderland, Reelstories Film Festival, the Art Show, the Spring Concert, and monthly Coffeehouse events. The Board produces the monthly Student Life Calendar, is advised by Student Activities staff, and consists of fourteen student leaders that staff the following committees: Arts & Culture, Administration and Special Projects, Music, Film, Graphic Design, Public Relations, Special Events, and Weekend Events. The Board plans, promotes, and coordinates more than 70 events throughout the year, many through partnerships with student organizations, campus departments, and community organizations. For questions and information please visit the Board's Pepperdine page or community.pepperdine.edu/seaver/studentactivities/spb. The Board may also be reached at (310) 506-7153, emailing spb@pepperdine.edu, or stopping by the Board office in the HAWC.