2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV and Shanghai International Program Update

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The University has been working closely with international and domestic officials to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak beginning in early December 2019. Since the last communication to the University community yesterday evening, the number of confirmed cases has grown to 4,690 with 107 deaths in 16 countries and five confirmed cases in the U.S. and two in Southern California.

As always, the safety and well-being of our students is the University’s highest priority. Based on information available at this time, including the spread of the coronavirus and related travel warnings and restrictions, as well as the University’s deepest care for the experience of our students and their academic needs, Pepperdine and Seaver College officials have made the decision to suspend the Shanghai International Program for the Spring 2020 term. In the coming weeks, the University will evaluate whether to resume operations for the program in summer and/or fall 2020.

At this time, the University is aiding Shanghai program participants in returning to their homes. Students enrolled in the Shanghai program will complete their academic term at the University’s Malibu campus beginning February 17, 2020. 

Due to the elevated State Department travel advisory, all other upcoming University-related travel to China continues to be under review on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the University’s International Travel Policy. Please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996 for questions or assistance with the review process.

For more information about these actions, a series of frequently asked questions will be regularly updated on the International Programs Community webpage. The University will continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and will update the University community if conditions change significantly.