Latest Event Updates

Red Flag Warning – November 16, 2022

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 7 AM to 7 PM due to strong northeast winds of 40-60 MPH.

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.

Suspect in Custody – Calabasas Campus Reopens Tomorrow

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This afternoon, Pepperdine officials were notified the suspect involved in the incident on the Calabasas Campus was arrested yesterday by the Los Angeles Police Department and remains in custody. We are grateful for the thorough work by law enforcement and all who were involved in ensuring the safety of our community. 

In addition, Pepperdine’s public safety team, in collaboration with local law enforcement, answered a report of a loud noise near the Drescher campus. After a search, law enforcement concluded it was most likely a car backfiring, and law enforcement has cleared the scene.  

The Calabasas campus will reopen tomorrow, Friday, October 21, 2022. 

Pepperdine is committed to student, faculty, and staff safety and well being, as well as to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the University community. 

Suspicious Person Visited Calabasas Campus Earlier Today 

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A suspicious person entered the Calabasas Campus this morning and left moments later. Upon review of video footage, it appears he was armed. This person left a suspicious package behind in the lobby. Upon discovery of the package, our Public Safety department notified the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD); LASD cleared the building and verified the package was not an explosive device. 

Prioritizing campus community safety, the University will continue to work closely with LASD to further investigate this incident. Additional University security personnel will be present on the Calabasas Campus, and out of an abundance of caution, the Calabasas campus will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2022. 

The photos below were taken from campus video footage. Please be on the lookout for this individual. Call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity and then call Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4441 to inform the University. 

Mountain Lion Sighting on the Malibu Campus

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Public Safety officers confirmed a report of a mountain lion at approximately 4:30 AM this morning near the Marie Canyon intramural field located off of Huntsinger Circle. They observed the animal heading up the hillside away from any occupied facilities or residences on campus. The sighting was reported to the local sheriff’s department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and it was determined the animal does not represent a threat to the campus community. 

Pepperdine officials share confirmed mountain lion sightings near the Malibu campus to ensure the University community is informed of, but not alarmed by, the wildlife with whom we share the Santa Monica Mountains.

Please remember:

  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone, especially from dusk until dawn when mountain lions are most active.
  • Remember Public Safety security escorts are available on the Malibu campus 24/7 by calling Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442.
  • If you see a mountain lion on or near the Malibu campus, please report the incident to Public Safety at 310.506.4441.
    • If safe to do so, please take a picture and/or video and send it to Public Safety via the LiveSafe app.

As a reminder, if you encounter a mountain lion:

  • Respect the animal.
  • Maintain eye contact and move away slowly.
  • Do NOT run. Running will trigger the mountain lion’s instinct to chase you.
  • Appear as large, loud, and powerful as possible.
  • If there are small children or pets present, pick them up immediately. Additionally do NOT leave them unattended outside.
  • Do not approach the mountain lion; leave space for the cat to escape.
  • In the unlikely event of an attack, fight back. Do not fall to the ground or roll into the fetal position.