Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Community Update – March 1

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The situation around the coronavirus outbreak remains highly fluid as University officials continue to make decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pepperdine community around the world. This weekend, in light of the latest developments of the outbreak’s impact in continental Europe, Pepperdine and Seaver College officials have made the decision to suspend the Heidelberg and Lausanne international programs for the remainder of the spring 2020 term. Students in these programs will attend classes through Tuesday, March 3 while the University books flights home for all program participants. Like students who are returning from Florence, students in both the Heidelberg and Lausanne programs will complete their coursework remotely for the duration of the semester.

Based on a number of deciding factors, the London program will continue to operate normally, but previously announced weekend travel restrictions for students in London remain in place at this time. The University will continue to carefully monitor the situation throughout Europe and the United Kingdom and will communicate with the University community if conditions significantly change. In the coming weeks, the University will also evaluate all sponsored travel for summer 2020, including all Seaver college international programs, graduate school global programs, and other University-sponsored trips. 

Pepperdine continues to prohibit University travel and strongly discourages personal travel to countries with a current CDC Level 3 Travel Warning. See the CDC website for a current list of these countries. In the event of personal travel to these countries, the University will not be able to provide assistance to community members trying to reenter the US and will restrict returning travelers from coming to campus for 14 days. Exceptions to this restriction will not be granted. Please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996 for questions or assistance.

The University encourages you to stay informed with the latest information on the outbreak and to continue to practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness. Additional information and regular updates about the coronavirus can be found on the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and L.A. County Public Health websites.