International Campuses

COVID-19 Community Update – March 27

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The University continues to follow COVID-19 developments and is carefully monitoring new cases in the community. As community members follow Safer at Home orders and engage in safe social distancing, they should continue to routinely monitor their health and practice healthy hygiene habits.

Pepperdine Community Case Updates

This afternoon, the University learned of a report of a sixth positive COVID-19 test result of a London program participant who recently returned home. This student is no longer experiencing symptoms. Additionally, the University learned of a report of a second Malibu campus student with a positive COVID-19 test result. This student did not exhibit symptoms until Sunday, March 15 and moved off the Malibu campus and returned home on March 16. The University has notified all individuals known to the University to have been in close contact with these students.

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. Live and archived viewing for each briefing will be available on the President’s Briefing website.

The University will continue to keep the community informed on COVID-19 developments as new information becomes available. The latest updates can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page.

COVID-19 Community Update – March 26

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The EOC continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 developments on our University and to pray for our community and University leaders as they care for the needs of students, faculty, and staff adjusting to a remote learning and work environment. 

The EOC learned yesterday that a graduate student from the West Los Angeles Campus tested positive for COVID-19. The student is currently recovering in isolation at home, and the University has notified all individuals identified to have been in close contact with the student.

The University has recently become aware of the practice of “Zoombombing” where unwanted participants enter a Zoom meeting room and screen-share, speak, and/or write using images, gestures, or language that are explicit or offensive. Behavior of this nature from any community member is prohibited by the University, and those using Zoom video conferencing are encouraged to safeguard their online meetings from these practices. Pepperdine’s Information Technology has sent an email to all faculty, staff, and students providing further guidance to prevent Zoombombing.

The University will continue to keep the community informed on COVID-19 developments as new information becomes available. The latest updates can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page.

COVID-19 Community Update – March 25

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The EOC continues to monitor COVID-19 developments and their impact on the health and safety of the Pepperdine community. The situation in Los Angeles, the country, and around the globe remains dynamic, and Pepperdine is in close contact with government and health officials to best serve the University community.

The University has learned of two additional confirmed positive test results among students who participated in the London international program, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in that cohort to five. All London program participants have been notified by the University and advised to take measures to monitor their health. 

Pepperdine community members are encouraged to practice healthy habits and stay informed. As more information continues to be added, the University’s COVID-19 website has been refreshed to improve navigation and ease of use, including an enhanced Frequently Asked Questions page for your convenience. The latest information can also be found on the University’s Emergency Information Page.

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 student.counseling.center@pepperdine.edu. 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 sara.barton@pepperdine.edu.

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.