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COVID-19 Community Update – July 10

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The University continues its planning, studying, and monitoring of the evolving COVID-19 updates in Southern California, throughout the nation, and around the world. For many in the Pepperdine community, the University leadership team recognizes these summer months have created an extended period of uncertainty around future planning, especially as the pandemic persists and new cases have continued to rise in the Los Angeles area. 

As the fall semester approaches, the University is communicating regularly with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. While the University is hopeful that plans currently being developed and announced will not require further revision, the flexibility of all students, faculty, and staff is deeply appreciated should conditions surrounding the pandemic dramatically change over the next several weeks. University leadership continues to be grateful for the patience, understanding, and resilience that the Pepperdine community has shown in the last several months.

Seaver College Fall 2020 Semester Update
Seaver College announced significant updates to its plans for the fall 2020 semester yesterday afternoon. In a message to the Seaver community, Dean Feltner shared important information regarding instructional format options, the suspension of all international programs, international student guidance, the 2020–2021 academic calendar, housing options, and tuition and fees. The full message is available on the University’s COVID-19 website, and questions about the message can be directed to the Seaver dean’s office.

Graduate School Updates
Like Seaver, each of the four graduate schools continues to finalize plans for the fall semester in line with current guidance from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Students enrolled across these schools have received updates from their respective deans regarding academic operations and program options for the fall, and the deans will continue to share additional information as the academic year approaches. Frequently asked questions are regularly updated on each school’s COVID-19 School Updates page, and additional questions can be directed to each school’s dean’s office.

Interim Protocols
Interim protocols restricting University-sponsored travel and campus visitors have been extended through at least July 24. Guidance around all University interim protocols is regularly updated on the COVID-19 Interim Protocols page.

Pepperdine Community Case Update
This week the University learned of three employees who received a positive COVID-19 test result, and two are currently hospitalized and undergoing treatment. The University has notified all individuals known to the University to have been in close contact with these individuals. The University community is encouraged to keep these employees in its prayers.

As the University continues with remote operations for faculty, staff, and students throughout the summer and into the fall, the University will continue to provide potential exposure notifications to impacted community members and general updates on the University’s COVID-19 website when it learns of newly reported cases within the community. 

President’s Briefing
The next President’s Briefing for faculty, staff, and students will be held Monday, July 13 at 9 AM Pacific Time. As a reminder, live and archived viewing for each of these special briefings are 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.

Red Flag Warning Issued for June 7-8, 2020

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning beginning 6 pm Sunday, June 7, 2020, through 7 pm Monday, June 8, 2020, due to high winds, low humidity, and increased temperatures. Gusty winds up 50 mph along the Malibu coast are expected to begin by midnight Sunday night. Temperatures for our area will increase through Wednesday.

Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:

  • Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus call Public Safety at 310.506.4441. At all other locations report smoke by calling 911.
  • Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
  • Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
  • Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.

During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here

The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.

LA County Curfew #3

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We continue to monitor the situation in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County issued another curfew for all cities and public streets within the county from 6 PM tonight to 6 AM tomorrow. Some cities within the county have issued curfews which begin as early as 1 PM this afternoon. Residents should remain in their homes or only go out to seek medical care or go to work.

LA County Additional Curfew #2

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We continue to monitor the situation in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County issued another curfew for all cities and public streets within the county from 6 PM tonight to 6 AM tomorrow. Some cities within the county have issued curfews which begin as early as 1 PM this afternoon. Residents should remain in their homes or only go out to seek medical care or go to work.