coronavirus

EOC Community Update

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We understand that with all that is happening around the world, and all that has already happened with Pepperdine international programs, there are some understandable questions and concerns that members of our community have. Pepperdine’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) continues to closely follow the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and is following its plans to protect the well-being of the University community. The EOC is working closely with University stakeholders, as well as an outside infectious disease expert; consulting with International SOS; and following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

At this time, none of the University’s US campuses is under any immediate threat from COVID-19. Additionally, the CDC does not recommend individuals wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people exhibiting symptoms and medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. 

The EOC advises the University community to take the following actions to protect their health and prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash. Then go wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils with others, even when neither of you are showing symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot if you have not already done so this flu season.

You can also share this flyer for tips on staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Anyone with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing can call the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3. The Student Health Center continues to offer risk assessments for those with recent international travel or who have had close contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at no charge to all members of the Pepperdine community. Call the health center to make an appointment.

Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff benefit from a community of care and compassion. During these times please remember the following resources are also available to you:

  • Students may contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210 or student.counseling.center@pepperdine.edu. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students.
  • Faculty and staff may access counseling services through their Employee Assistance Program. Details are available on the HR website or by contacting HR at 310.506.4397.
  • Pastoral support is available to the Pepperdine community through the Office of the Chaplain. Contact chaplain Sara Barton at sara.barton@pepperdine.edu.

For questions regarding international travel please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996. More information and regular updates about the coronavirus can be found on the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and L.A. County Public Health websites.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Community Update – February 26

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The University continues to work closely with international and domestic officials to monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Yesterday, the CDC issued an update about the coronavirus, which highlighted the effectiveness of the United States’ aggressive travel precautions. As of this morning, more than 81,100 cases worldwide have been confirmed in 37 countries.

Seaver International Programs Update

The safety and well-being of our students remains paramount. In light of recent developments in Italy, and in line with other American universities in Florence, Pepperdine and Seaver College officials have made the decision to suspend the Florence international program for the remainder of the spring 2020 term. The University is currently aiding Florence program participants in returning to their homes. 

As University officials considered all options for students to complete their current coursework while remaining connected to the Florence program and faculty, a decision was also made that students will not return to the Malibu campus to complete their coursework. Instead, students will remain at their primary residence for the remainder of the spring semester and all classes will be taught via remote/online learning by Florence program professors. 

In the coming weeks, the University will evaluate whether to resume operations for the Florence program in summer and/or fall 2020. Presently, students in the London, Heidelberg, and Lausanne programs will remain in their host cities, limiting personal weekend travel and travel during any upcoming travel breaks until further notice. There are no changes to the summer/fall 2020 programs in Florence, London, Lausanne, and Heidelberg at this time.

Due to the elevated CDC travel notices and State Department travel advisories, all other upcoming University-related travel to Italy continues to be under review on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the University’s International Travel Policy.

Spring Break and Other Travel Notices

Pepperdine community members should be aware that the CDC has issued six Travel Health Notices to various countries, including Level 3 Travel Warnings (the CDC’s highest warning level) to avoid non-essential travel to China and South Korea, and continues to update its warnings as conditions change. Travelers should also be aware that many countries have implemented strict screening procedures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and that upon re-entry to the US after travel, they may be placed under a 14-day quarantine. 

Due to the highly restrictive conditions currently in place, Pepperdine is prohibiting University travel and strongly discouraging personal travel to countries with a current CDC Level 3 Travel warning. In the event of personal travel to these countries, the University will not provide assistance to community members trying to reenter the US and will restrict returning travelers from coming to campus for 14 days. Exceptions to the restriction will not be granted. Please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996 for questions or assistance.

More information and regular updates about the coronavirus can be found on the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and L.A. County Public Health websites. 

2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Community Update – February 17

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Pepperdine officials continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak as the University community works through impacts on the Shanghai international program and its students. The Seaver College Office of International Programs is pleased to report that all Shanghai program participants in the spring 2020 cohort safely returned to the United States earlier this month and resume classes on the Malibu campus today. Each of these students has been out of China for over two weeks before moving into University housing yesterday and has completed a risk assessment conducted by the Student Health Center. As these students settle back into their regular academic schedules this week, this message serves as the final update regarding the spring 2020 Shanghai program.

In consideration of the ongoing challenges the coronavirus epidemic poses in China, Seaver College has also determined that the Shanghai international program will be suspended through summer 2020. Students scheduled to participate in this program have been offered the opportunity to participate in a different Seaver international program. Additionally, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the Graziadio Business School have suspended their upcoming international student trips to China in April and May and are planning alternative destinations. While difficult decisions, the University continues to place its highest priority on the safety and well-being of students. For students who signed up to participate in these programs, the office coordinating the trips at each school will be in contact to provide details on alternative programs.

Pepperdine community members considering travel to China during spring break or over the summer are encouraged to monitor US State Department travel advisories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel warning, ongoing visa and border issues, and flight availability. Due to the highly restrictive conditions currently in place, Pepperdine is limited in the assistance it can provide to community members who choose to travel to China. 

At this time, Los Angeles County Public Health continues to affirm that the risk of spread of the virus in L.A. County is low and there is no immediate threat to the general public. Anyone with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing can call the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3. The Student Health Center continues to offer risk assessments for those with recent international travel or who have had close contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at no charge to all members of the Pepperdine community. Call the health center to make an appointment.

As a reminder, the best ways to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus including seasonal influenza include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get your flu shot if you have not already done so this flu season.

More information and regular updates can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and L.A. County Public Health website. Additional information is also available on the Student Health Center’s coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions Page.

2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Community Update – February 3

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Over the weekend, US health officials in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began implementing enhanced health screenings to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing upon entering the US. These health assessments and requests for travelers currently returning to the US to monitor their health is part of a layered approach to limiting the spread of disease, which now includes potential self or mandatory quarantines for those who may have been exposed to the virus. 

Anyone who has traveled to or from China in the last three weeks—or has had sustained contact with travelers from China during that time—should contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3 for a free risk assessment and additional guidance. Further, these individuals should watch for any changes in their health for 14 days after leaving China or after having close contact with someone who visited from China in the past three weeks. If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others and seek medical care right away, but call the doctor’s office or emergency room before going and tell them of your recent travel and symptoms. Campus community members who have additional health questions or concerns, or would like to receive a risk assessment at no charge, can contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3.

The University is continuing to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and will update its advice based on the most current information available. To learn more, community members can visit the University’s Frequently Asked Questions page