Pepperdine University is continuing to assess the impact of the Woolsey Fire on our campus and our community of faculty, staff, and students. After an extensive evaluation, which included an assessment of the needs of our community members, as well as ongoing challenges presented by the Woolsey Fire, University officials have made the decision to close the Malibu and Calabasas campuses through the Thanksgiving holiday period. Regularly scheduled classes and events held on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses will resume on November 26, 2018. All other campuses, including our international programs, remain open, and classes will be held as scheduled.
All classes held on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses remain canceled for Monday, November 12, and Tuesday, November 13. Beginning Wednesday, November 14, through the resumption of regular operations after Thanksgiving, classes impacted by the closure of the Malibu and Calabasas campuses will be administered remotely through a combination of online, email, and remote assignments. Students should expect further detail from their professors by email no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, November 13. This remote administration of courses will not require students or faculty to remain in the Los Angeles area or be available during regularly scheduled class times.
We know that significant clean-up will be required in the Malibu area, including at Pepperdine, and have begun to transition from emergency management to a plan of business recovery and continuity. We realize that an extended closure of this nature raises several questions, and the University is currently creating a resource for faculty, staff, and students in order to address them. Faculty and staff at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses, including critical support personnel and additional staff needed for campus operations, will receive more information regarding work schedules for the period of November 14 through November 21.
At this time, the fire is somewhere between five and ten percent contained, and more than 83,000 acres have been burned. The City of Malibu, areas of unincorporated Los Angeles County, and other areas where many of our students and employees live remain under a mandatory evacuation order.
All roads into Malibu including Pacific Coast Highway and all canyon roads remain closed. The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning through Tuesday, November 13, at 5 PM for gusty northeast winds and very low relative humidity throughout the mountains and coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. While we are confident that the University is favorably positioned to manage these conditions, fires remain in areas adjacent to the campus, which are being monitored closely by the University.
We will continue to keep the community updated on fire conditions and impact as new information becomes available. The latest updates can be found on the University’s Emergency Information Page.
Pepperdine officials have closed offices and canceled all classes and events on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses from November 11–13, 2018. All other campuses remain open at this time. Faculty and staff working at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses should not report to work unless they are critical support personnel, as designated by their supervisor. Critical support personnel should follow established departmental protocols for determining whether to report to campus if they can safely do so.
At this time, Pepperdine has lifted its shelter-in-place order. The University community is safe and individuals are free to move about the campus. Flames on hillsides near campus were extinguished early this morning, although spot fires may appear and should be reported to Public Safety.
All classes and events on the Malibu and Calabasas campuses are canceled for today, Saturday, November 10, 2018. An update on whether classes will be held for Monday, November 12 will be given by 3 PM today.
We are thankful for the cooperation and understanding of our community throughout this event.
The Woolsey and Hill fires continue, and flames have jumped to the south side of the 101 in some locations. Smoke from the fires can be seen on campus. The Malibu campus is currently experiencing a campus-wide power outage which is also affecting Calabasas, Malibu, and other surrounding areas.
The University is monitoring the situation very closely and is in touch with fire and other officials. We may need to relocate the community to our shelter-in-place locations (which are the Tyler Campus Center and the Firestone Fieldhouse). In the event we begin these protocols, Housing and Residence Life representatives will be main points of contact for information and instructions. We will also be sending notifications via Everbridge, our mass communication system which will attempt to connect with you via email, text message, or by phone. You may not always receive these messages or get them in a timely manner if the power is out. This is why messaging through Housing and Residence Life representatives will be so important.