The University has closely monitored conditions within the community this semester, including since masking indoors became optional and following returns from spring breaks. There has not been an increase in cases or positivity rates. In fact, Pepperdine’s positivity rate has remained at 0.17% over the past two weeks, and cases within the University community continue to decline.
Following a careful assessment process, which included reviewing current public health guidance, examining Pepperdine’s COVID-19 data, evaluating community feedback, benchmarking with other universities, and consulting with medical and public health experts, Pepperdine has determined the University will shift from required to optional weekly COVID-19 testing beginning Monday, March 21, 2022. Optional testing will remain available for all members of the University community until further notice. Certain groups within the University community will continue weekly testing (e.g., athletics, fine arts, student teachers, etc.) in accordance with guidance from outside agencies, and further details will be communicated to these groups directly.
Those who need or desire to continue testing on a weekly basis are encouraged to do so by walking up to any of the test sites below. Test site locations and hours will be adjusted as follows, and the appointment system will be retired, beginning on Monday, March 21, 2022.
- Firestone Fieldhouse Lot – Monday–Friday: 7 AM–Noon
- Mullin Town Square – Monday–Friday: Noon–6 PM
- West Los Angeles – Monday–Thursday: Noon–7 PM and Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM
- Calabasas – Monday–Thursday: Noon–6 PM and Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM
- Encino – Monday–Thursday: Noon–7 PM and Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM
- Irvine – Monday–Thursday: Noon–7 PM and Saturday: 10 AM–2 PM
Additionally, consistent with updates to public health protocols, the University has also removed the mask mandate on University on-campus shuttles, though masking remains required on vanpools and other forms of group transport off campus, in healthcare settings, and through the end of any isolation or quarantine period.
Pandemic conditions continue to improve in Southern California, and the University’s pandemic response plan continues to evolve. The University’s planning also contemplates reinstating or introducing new protection measures, if necessary, to protect the health and safety of our community, should these become prudent.
If you have any questions, please contact the University’s COVID-19 information line at 310.506.8111 or email@example.com.