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COVID-19 Community Update – March 30

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Leadership from around the University continues to evaluate the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and has begun making important decisions to most effectively serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff. Key announcements, including those shared today for Seaver College summer programs and faculty/staff wage and benefit commitments, will continue to be shared in these community updates. The University appreciates the patience of the community as it deliberates the best ways to move the University forward during this unprecedented time.

Seaver College Summer Programs

In an email to students this morning, Seaver College announced the cancelation of most international programs for summer 2020, as well as plans for academic offerings for summer sessions in Malibu. Notable changes include a new Session A during the month of May, which will be held through remote instruction, with Session I beginning in June. Sessions II and III will be combined into one session in the month of July. Seaver is currently planning to hold Sessions I, II, and III in-person in Malibu but has developed contingency plans to hold these sessions via remote instruction, if necessary. Information regarding summer programs will be regularly updated in the School-Specific FAQs for Seaver College.

Faculty/Staff Wage and Benefit Commitments

Acknowledging the essential work of our faculty and staff, President Gash announced this morning that the University will honor all currently anticipated wage and benefit commitments through the end of the University’s fiscal year on July 31, 2020. President Gash also acknowledged a renewed commitment to operational efficiency and encouraged employees to adopt practices to capture efficiencies and seek out opportunities to recognize other savings during this time. The latest information for employees, including updated guidance for how to complete time cards, has been added to the Faculty/Staff FAQs.

Pepperdine Community Case Updates

Over the weekend the University learned of three additional community members who reported positive test results for COVID-19. This number includes two new cases from the Seaver London cohort as well as one of a Seaver student from the Malibu campus who is now symptom free and in isolation at home. 

President’s Briefing Archived Viewing

Archived viewing for this morning’s President’s Briefing is now available on the President’s Briefing website. The Zoom link is accessible using your Pepperdine NetworkID  and password. 

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 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.