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Updates to Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Protocols

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As the federal designation of the COVID-19 public health emergency comes to an end, the University recognizes the cooperation of its many students, faculty and staff members, and visitors with evolving COVID-19 protocols since the beginning of the pandemic. Your participation in maintaining the health and safety of the campus community continues to be paramount to successfully navigating through the pandemic, and the University is grateful for the many partnerships throughout campus that facilitated our progress through the pandemic’s various stages together. 

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) have retired the majority of their COVID-19 prevention protocols, they have shifted from a strategy of public mandates to one of personal individual responsibility. Likewise, effective May 22, 2023, Pepperdine University will retire its current COVID-19 vaccination policy and strongly recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, and staff. Some international programs may have differing requirements depending upon specific country rules; contact International Programs for program-specific requirements. Additionally, because LACDPH has evolved its guidance,  Pepperdine will update its COVID-19 protocols including isolation, close contact requirements, contact tracing, testing options, and reporting dashboards. Lastly, most COVID-19 signage from Pepperdine campuses will be removed.

Details on these changes can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website. Please contact the University’s COVID-19 Information Line via email at with any questions.

Traffic Accident in Malibu Canyon Causing Delays

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A traffic accident on southbound Malibu Canyon Road near the tunnel is causing delays. Consider giving yourself extra time to transit the canyon or use alternative routes to campus. 

For the most up-to-date information on roads near Pepperdine’s Malibu campus, please call the Road Conditions Hotline at 310.506.7623 (ROAD). Greater Los Angeles road conditions can be viewed online at  

Delays on Malibu Canyon Road

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California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported an accident near the tunnel earlier this morning. Southbound traffic is delayed while CPH clears the scene.  

The Malibu Campus is open, classes and finals are proceeding as scheduled. Normal business operations are expected to continue throughout the day. Please allow for extra time when traveling to campus. 

For the most up-to-date information on roads near Pepperdine’s Malibu campus, please call the Road Conditions Hotline at 310.506.7623 (ROAD). Greater Los Angeles road conditions can be viewed on the Sigalert website.

Subject: Malibu Campus Coyote Awareness

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Following several coyote sightings on the Malibu campus during the spring 2023 term, Pepperdine would like to educate the University community regarding what to do when coyotes are seen on campus to ensure all are informed of, but not alarmed by, the wildlife with whom we share the Santa Monica Mountains.  

As a reminder, if you encounter a coyote:

  • Respect the animal.
  • Do not feed wildlife. 
  • Do not approach the animal; leave space for the animal to escape.
  • Maintain eye contact and move away slowly.
  • Do not run. Running could trigger the animal’s instinct to chase you.
  • Appear as large, loud, and powerful as possible.
  • Shine a bright light at the animal, especially at night. 
  • If there are small children or pets present, pick them up immediately. Additionally, do not leave them unattended outside.
  • Throw rocks, sticks, or anything else you can find toward the animal if it approaches you.

The University encourages you to remain aware of the environment and your surroundings when hiking, biking, or jogging alone especially from dusk until dawn when coyotes are most active. Public Safety security escorts are available on the Malibu campus 24/7 by calling Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442. If you see a coyote on or near the Malibu campus, please report the incident to Public Safety at 310.506.4441. If safe to do so, please take a picture and/or video and send it to Public Safety via the LiveSafe app.