Latest Event Updates

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 


  • 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

Power Restored to the Malibu Campus

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Following an earlier power outage at the Malibu campus to address an electrical equipment malfunction, the University confirms power has now been restored to all portions of the Malibu campus. Individuals should also experience fully functioning internet connectivity and cellular service. Building systems, including HVAC and other mechanical systems, will take some time to calibrate but are expected to reach full functionality over the next few hours.

Thank you for your understanding while these issues were addressed.

Malibu Campus Campus Power Outage Due to Equipment Malfunction

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Due to an electrical equipment malfunction at approximately 10:30 PM last night, the Malibu campus is experiencing a partial power outage. Southern California Edison has responded and is working with University officials to address the issue, but doing so will result in another power outage today for the majority of campus. This outage is estimated to begin at 10 AM, and expect power to be restored to all areas of the Malibu campus by 5 PM today. 

Impacted buildings by today’s outage are listed below and include estimated times when the power will be restored:

  • Student Housing Areas – Estimated Restoration Time – 2 PM: Residence Halls 1 through 8 and 10 through 21, Rockwell Towers, Lovernich Apartments, and Seaside Residence Hall.
  • Main Campus Buildings/Areas Estimated Restoration Time – 2 PM: Payson Library, Keck Science Center, Stauffer Chapel, Tyler Campus Center 
  • Athletics Buildings/Areas Estimated Restoration Time – 2  PM: Runnels Recreation Village, including Firestone Fieldhouse, Runnels Memorial Pool and Pool House, Eddy D. Field Stadium, Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, Harilela International Tennis Stadium, Tari Frahm Rokus Field, and Helen Field Heritage Hall.
  • Main Campus Buildings/Areas Estimated Restoration Time – 5 PM RAC/Appleby Center, Cultural Arts Center, Smothers Theatre, Music Building, Black Family Plaza Classrooms, and Elkins Auditorium 

Areas not listed above are not anticipated to have any impact from the power outage. Updates will be posted as they are available on the University Emergency Information Page at