Latest Event Updates

Payson Library Outdoor Study Spaces and COVID-19 Vaccine Update

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Payson Library Outdoor Study Spaces Now Available

As the University continues to implement allowances for limited on-campus activities currently permitted by Los Angeles County, Pepperdine Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of the outdoor study spaces at Payson Library. Spaces include the Payson Library courtyard and the Starbucks patio (Starbucks remains closed), which are available for both undergraduate and graduate student use and can be booked through the Payson Library reservation system. Hours of operation will be the same as those for Payson Library. Individuals must reserve a seat for outdoor study space and, depending on the location of their seat, check in with staff at either the front door of Payson Library or near the Starbucks entrance before occupying their seat.

Vaccine Update

Ventura County and Orange County have now authorized employees in the education sector to book appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees residing in these counties are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to receive the vaccine in their county. The University understands employees may be asked to provide proof of employment in the form of a Pepperdine ID and a current 2021 pay stub at the time of vaccination. If any additional documentation is requested, please contact Human Resources for assistance. 

In addition, the University anticipates Los Angeles County will authorize those working in the Education sector to begin receiving the vaccine next Monday, March 1. Once county officials release specific guidance on vaccine distribution for the education sector, the University will continue to share the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning, including if any additional proof of employment documentation is necessary. 

If you have any questions, including about accessing the state’s vaccine eligibility MyTurn system, contact the COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at

Limited On-Campus Activities Beginning Tomorrow, February 24

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As the University shared last Friday and in yesterday’s President’s Briefing, the California Department of Public Health announced last week an adjusted case rate of 20.0 per 100,000 residents in Los Angeles County. With the falling case rates, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued new guidance yesterday afternoon permitting universities in the county limited allowances for some on-campus activities. Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, students, faculty, and staff may participate in the activities described below. Community members who choose to participate in these activities should review the detailed questions and answers for each activity, which can be found on the COVID-19 FAQ page.


Libraries on the Malibu campus will reopen by reservation only for students, faculty, and staff at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Payson Library will reopen tomorrow morning, and the Harnish Law Library, which will host February bar exam candidates this week, will reopen more broadly to the law school community on March 1. Pursuant to NCAA and state guidelines, the Drescher Graduate Campus Library, at this time, will be reserved for use by student-athletes. All other graduate campus libraries currently remain closed.

Outdoor Recreation

Students, faculty, and staff may use some outdoor sports facilities for non-contact sports and recreation at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. The following facilities will be available for use:

  • The intramural field outside of the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
  • The intramural field across from the Facilities Services office
  • Stotsenberg Track (when not in use by student-athletes pursuant to NCAA and state guidelines) 
  • Alumni Park
  • The Crest Tennis Courts adjacent to the John Tyler Drive entrance

No reservations will be needed to use any of these facilities. 

Fine Arts

Art design, theater art studios, and music practice rooms will be available by reservation for eligible students to fulfill academic requirements. Usage of these spaces is limited to groups of four or less. Any activity requiring participants to remove their face masks, such as practicing a woodwind instrument, is only permissible alone in a studio or practice room. Seaver College will contact eligible students with further instructions.

Film, Video, and Music Production

Film, video, and music productions will be allowed by reservation for the purpose of developing academic projects or content for eligible students. Use of indoor space for post-production and editing activities is limited to groups of four or less. Productions must follow the county’s higher education protocols for smaller productions and, if more complex, also the county’s film industry protocols. Seaver College will contact eligible students with further instructions.

Outdoor Study Spaces (Coming Soon)

The University is seeking further guidance on the written guidelines for the use of outdoor study spaces and will update the community as more information is available.

Campus Access and Hours of Operation

The Malibu campus will be available weekdays from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM and 8 AM to 5 PM during the weekend. Please refer to the FAQs for specific hours for open facilities. Students who have never been to the Malibu campus before should let the Public Safety officer at the entrance gate know they are a new student. The Public Safety officer will provide directions to new students to get their ID card and parking permit. 

Daily Wellness Check

The guidance requires all individuals coming to campus to complete a symptom check.  Pepperdine’s Daily Wellness Check has been created to facilitate this requirement, and all students, faculty, and staff will receive a daily email link to access this feature. Community members should complete this symptom check on a mobile device before arriving on campus and then screenshot the resulting completion dot to display at the campus entrance booths for access. 

Individuals who are cleared to come to campus will receive a green dot. For any other color dot, individuals should contact the Student Health Center before attempting to come to campus to discuss their specific situation. Completion of the Daily Wellness Check is required to access campus

Additional Requirements for On-Campus Activities

With these activities, all students, faculty, and staff should be aware of the following:

  • All health and safety protocols still apply as set forth in the Pepperdine Restoration Plan, including maintaining a distance of six feet from others and wearing a face mask at all times. 
  • All residential areas are open only to current residential students. No guests are permitted in residential areas at this time.
  • Only facilities serving the activities listed will be accessible for use. All other facilities will remain closed.
  • Students needing an ID card will receive instructions on how to obtain one when they arrive on campus.
  • If coming to campus, community members should have a plan to isolate and/or quarantine should they test positive or be in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If an individual tests positive, they should immediately report the positive result to the Student Health Center by phone to begin the contact tracing process.

While these limited on-campus activities are a positive and encouraging development, they do not yet indicate a full reopening of any Pepperdine campus, nor do they suggest that classes may begin to operate in-person. Los Angeles County is still in the “widespread” or “purple” tier according to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and the University’s ability to resume in-person classes will be informed by the requirements set forth in that plan. As updated guidelines are considered by the county, including those that may permit additional on-campus activity at a later date, information will be shared by the University as it becomes available. 

The latest information is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page. If you have questions, please contact Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at

Anticipated Limited Allowances for On-Campus Activity

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On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health announced an adjusted case rate of 20.0 per 100,000 residents in Los Angeles County. With an adjusted case rate below 25, the University is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will soon permit universities, including Pepperdine, limited allowances for on-campus activities. The University is awaiting formal guidance from the county and a determination on when the on-campus activities may begin, but preparations are being finalized for a date sometime next week.

Special President’s Briefing

As the University plans for these long-awaited changes, President Gash will host a special online President’s Briefing at 8:45 AM on Monday morning to share additional information and answer questions from the community. The event can be accessed on the President’s Briefing website. Archived viewing of the event will be made available for those unable to attend.

Faculty and Staff Guidance

With the expected increase of more students on campus due to these activities, we anticipate additional faculty and staff will also be returning to campus. While the current restrictions limit access to campus to essential employees, staff should not plan to return to campus unless their supervisor notifies them that they are eligible and needed to return to campus to support the limited on-campus activities. Faculty may continue to access campus for instructional purposes.

As always, the University encourages all students, faculty, and staff to stay informed and follow the latest guidance of local authorities. The latest information is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page. Questions may be directed to Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at

Red Flag Warning – January 18-19, 2021

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties beginning Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10 PM through Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10 PM due to strong and damaging northeast to east winds and moderately low humidity.

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.