COVID-19 Community Update – March 23

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The EOC continues to monitor COVID-19 developments and is praying for the University community around the globe. The vast majority of staff operations are now remote, and the University is pleased to report the successful implementation of 2,672 academic courses across Pepperdine’s five schools in a remote instruction format. The Malibu campus continues to provide care and services to the declining number of students living on campus.

Pepperdine Community Case Updates

University officials are continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases reported within the Pepperdine community. As of today, three reports of positive test results from the London international program (including one reported last Friday evening) and one positive test result on the Malibu campus have prompted potential exposure notifications to other members within the community. All individuals in the Pepperdine community identified as close contacts with these cases have been notified by the University. 

Weekly Chapels

In the coming weeks, faculty and staff are invited to gather online for prayer and encouragement with Soul Connection Chapel via Zoom. Led by University chaplain Sara Barton, these sessions are being held every Wednesday from 9 AM to 9:20 AM. 

Students are encouraged to join in a weekly student chapel via Zoom at 10 AM on Wednesdays, beginning this week. These sessions will include special prayers and announcements for students and will be a dedicated weekly touchpoint for the student community. As a reminder, the convocation requirement for all Seaver students is complete for the semester, and all students will receive an A letter grade.   

President’s Briefing

President Gash will hold a special online President’s Briefing for faculty, staff, and students each Monday at 9 AM while the University maintains modified operations due to COVID-19. Archived viewing for each briefing will be available on the President’s Briefing website.

Emotional Support Resources

As the University community continues to adjust to this environment, the University recognizes some community members may be experiencing ongoing feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, or isolation. As a reminder, please remember the following resources are available:

  • Students may contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210 or The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students and will continue to do so using an online or telehealth format and/or make local referrals when appropriate. 
  • Faculty and staff may access counseling services through their Employee Assistance Program. Details are available on the HR website or by contacting HR at 310.506.4397.
  • Pastoral support is available to the Pepperdine community through the Office of the Chaplain. Contact chaplain Sara Barton at

As always, the University encourages all students, faculty, and staff to stay informed and follow the guidance and direction of local authorities. The latest information is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page.