The global impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop this week as University officials monitor and respond to this dynamic situation. The University has no known cases of COVID-19 on any of its campuses and is responding on a case-by-case basis to the outbreak’s ongoing impacts.
As the University considers the current circumstances abroad alongside numerous other determining factors, Pepperdine and Seaver College officials have made the decision to suspend Seaver’s international programs in London and Buenos Aires for the rest of the spring 2020 term. Students in these programs will attend classes through this Friday, March 13 while the University prepares for their departures. Like students who are returning from Florence, Heidelberg, and Lausanne, students returning from London and Buenos Aires will complete their coursework remotely for the duration of the semester.
At this time, Seaver College’s program in Washington, DC, will remain open, and academic programming for students will continue as scheduled. University officials are also in the process of evaluating international 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 discourage personal travel to countries with a current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19. In accordance with Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Interim Travel Restrictions, the University will restrict community members from coming to University campuses for 14 days after returning to the US from these countries. Students and employees will assume all responsibility, including any consequence related to an inability to complete their coursework or fulfill their job duties immediately following their return.
As always, you are encouraged to stay informed with the latest information on the outbreak and to continue to practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness. The latest information can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page. 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.
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.
Welcome to Pepperdine University’s Emergency Information website. CURRENTLY ALL UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS ARE NORMAL.
This Emergency Information Web site may be accessed via a link on Pepperdine University’s Home Page at anytime. You may wish to save the URL for easy referencing in the event of an emergency impacting Pepperdine University in Malibu, or any of its campuses. During an emergency, information on this site will be updated regularly to keep students, faculty, staff, and family members informed with accurate and current information.
In addition to briefings which are posted during an emergency, this site makes it easy for you to obtain the latest information or road conditions affecting the Malibu campus. In the event of an emergency, the latest information will be posted at the top of this page.
Pepperdine’s Toll Free Emergency Hotline: (888) 286-5659. The recorded message is updated regularly during emergency situations.
Information about current road conditions is also available on the Road Condition Hotline at (310) 506-ROAD (7623).
To report an emergency on the Malibu campus and at all other domestic University campuses, call 911. Then please call the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441.
If you have any questions, please call the Public Relations Office at (818) 702-1401.
This morning a car ramming took place in London’s South Kensington area near Exhibition Road. All Pepperdine students currently participating in Pepperdine’s London international programs at Seaver College and the School of Law are safe and accounted for at this time. The incident is being investigated as a automobile accident. Pepperdine will continue to monitor the security situation in the United Kingdom and around the globe.