West Los Angeles

UPDATE: Individual of Concern for West LA Campus

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To ensure you continue to have the latest available information, we provide the following update: This evening, a PGBS employee reported to Public Safety that she believes she saw Brian Cain standing outside the Howard Hughes Center, near Starbucks, this morning  at approximately 9:30 am.  The man she believed to be Brian Cain was wearing black jeans, a blue windbreaker, black gloves, and a medical mask.  While the University cannot independently confirm the identity of the man, we are treating it as a possible sighting of Brian Cain out of an abundance of caution.

West L.A. campus building security and University security are aware and responding accordingly, including conducting perimeter checks this evening and throughout the day tomorrow. Further, the Los Angeles Police Department is actively investigating the situation and has been made aware of this new information.

If Brian Cain (picture below) is seen on or near campus, call 911 and then, when safe to do so, call the Public Safety Dispatch Emergency Line at 310.506.4441. 

  • For general or safety information, contact Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442.
  • For counseling support:
    • Students contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210.                 
    • Faculty/staff contact the Employee Assistant Provider 866.799.2728
  • For spiritual support contact Associate Chaplain Zac Luben at zachary.luben@pepperdine.edu.

Description

  • White Male 
  • 5’11”  
  • 155 lbs
  • Black Hair 
  • Dark Eyes
  • Age: 34 years

Individual of Concern for West LA Campus

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Members of the Pepperdine West Los Angeles campus community are advised to be on the lookout for Brian Cain (pictured below). Brian is not affiliated with Pepperdine University and is not allowed on any Pepperdine University campus. He has made threats toward a Pepperdine community member. He may arrive at the West Los Angeles campus seeking mental health services or requesting information about a faculty member. If seen on or near campus, do not provide any information, call 911 and then, when safe to do so, call the Public Safety Dispatch Emergency Line at 310.506.4441. 

West LA campus building security is aware and responding accordingly to protect the campus. Further, the Los Angeles Police Department is actively investigating the situation.

  • For general or safety information, contact Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442.
  • For counseling support:
    • Students contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210.                 
    • Faculty/staff contact the Employee Assistant Provider 866.799.2728
  • For spiritual support contact Associate Chaplain Zac Luben at zachary.luben@pepperdine.edu. 

Description

  • White Male 
  • 5’11”  
  • 155 lbs
  • Black Hair 
  • Dark Eyes
  • Age: 34 years

COVID-19 Weekly Testing Update

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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. 

Malibu Campus

  • Firestone Fieldhouse Lot – Monday–Friday: 7 AM–Noon 
  • Mullin Town Square – Monday–Friday: Noon–6 PM

Graduate Campuses

  • 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 covid19info@pepperdine.edu

COVID-19 Masking Update

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COVID-19 conditions in the United States, California, and Los Angeles continue to dramatically improve, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the consistent decline of important COVID-19 metrics allows for a “significant revision of required community-level infection strategies.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have all issued updated public health guidance relaxing COVID-19 restrictions and no longer require indoor masking. 

At Pepperdine, new weekly cases have consistently fallen, and our positivity rate has remained substantially lower than Los Angeles County’s rate throughout 2022. The University has thoughtfully evaluated this changing public health guidance, reviewed University COVID-19 conditions, consulted medical and public health experts, weighed feedback from the Pepperdine community, and benchmarked with other universities. Based on this analysis, and in line with updated health guidance from the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, masks will be optional indoors for all members of the Pepperdine University community at Southern California campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still required while on University shuttles, in healthcare settings, and through day 10 of isolation or quarantine, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health strongly encourages wearing masks while indoors.

Pepperdine respects individual choice based on personal preference or need and seeks to honor those who are ready to remove their masks, those who cannot remove their masks, and those who are not yet prepared to do so. The University encourages all who wish to continue wearing masks to do so, and will continue to provide medical-grade masks for free. 

At this time, all other University COVID-19 infection control measures remain in place, including weekly testing, daily wellness checks, case and exposure notifications through the START Form, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, enhanced ventilation measures, and vaccination clinics. The University will continue its evaluation of COVID-19 conditions, evolving public health guidance, and its own infection control measures and policies developed in support of COVID-19 impacted members of the community. Pending further evaluation, any changes to weekly testing would be implemented no earlier than Monday, March 21. If testing requirements for the University community are lifted, optional testing will remain available.

If you have any questions, please contact the University’s COVID-19 information line at 310.506.8111 or covid19info@pepperdine.edu.