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Spring 2022 COVID-19 Testing Requirements

All students are required to test negative within 72 hours prior to returning to any Pepperdine campus. Additionally, in light of the current trends every student must—prior to attending a class in person at a Southern California campus—also receive a negative test result from a Pepperdine screening testing site.

COVID-19 Weekly Testing Update

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.

In line with current best practices and consistent with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance for institutes of higher education, Pepperdine has implemented a comprehensive, multi-layered testing strategy. The University has an ample supply of testing kits, on-site processing equipment, established relationships for off-site lab processing, and additional medical and support staff. The University is well-prepared for all needed testing during this academic year.

Pepperdine COVID-19 Testing - What to Expect

 

Testing Systems

The University is currently using a three-part COVID-19 testing system, which includes the following:


 

Entry Screening Testing

Required For: All students accessing a Pepperdine campus or facility, regardless of vaccination status, including students arriving from international locations
COVID-19 Test Type: Either a rapid/antigen test or a PCR test
Testing Timeline: No earlier than 72 hours before arrival on campus; results received and submitted to the Student Health Center Patient Portal prior to arrival on campus

As a precautionary measure and screening tool for the start of the semester in compliance with LACDPH guidance, Pepperdine requires all students accessing a Pepperdine campus or facility, regardless of vaccination status, including those students arriving from international locations, to obtain a diagnostic test for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before arrival at one of Pepperdine's campuses or facilities.

Before coming to campus, all students referenced above must do the following:

  • Take a COVID-19 test (either a rapid/antigen test or a PCR test) no earlier than 72 hours before arriving on campus. If you are unsure of how to get a COVID-19 test, visit your state, tribal, local, or territorial health department's website to look for the latest local information on testing or contact your health care provider.
  • Enter your test results into the appropriate reporting form before arriving on campus.

If the test result is positive, upload the test result to your Student Health Center Patient Portal.

    1. Log in to the Patient Portal using your Pepperdine credentials (CAS)
    2. Select the "COVID-19" tab at the top of the screen
    3. Enter test date and result under "Enter External COVID-19 Lab Result" and click submit
    4. Click "Select File" to upload supporting test documentation

Students who test negative for COVID-19 are cleared to arrive on campus.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must:

  • Not come to campus
  • Complete the University's START Form to alert Pepperdine officials to your case
  • Follow instructions from their health care provider
  • Complete their isolation period before coming to campus

 

Optional Weekly Screening Testing

Optional For: All students, faculty, and staff accessing a Pepperdine campus or facility, regardless of vaccination status
COVID-19 Test Type: PCR test - saliva or mid nasal swab
Testing Timeline: Weekly (subject to change based on conditions)

Screening testing refers to the periodic testing of individuals, regardless of whether they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Because people with COVID-19 can show no symptoms at all (asymptomatic), screening testing helps proactively identify COVID-19 cases and reduce further transmission in the community. Screening testing is provided at no cost to the community.

To prioritize health and safety and in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance, all students, faculty, and staff accessing a University campus or facility have the option to participate in screening testing. The frequency of testing is subject to change and will be determined by an ongoing analysis, considering such factors as, public health orders and guidance, the number of people on campus, the presence of COVID-19 cases on campus, the level of COVID-19 transmission in the local community, and the percentage of Pepperdine community members who are vaccinated. Certain groups within the University community will continue weekly testing in accordance with guidance from outside agencies, and further details will be communicated to these groups directly. 

Screening testing at the University is simple and quick, and community members do not need to quarantine while they wait for test results. Community members will do the following:

  • Use a web-based software platform to schedule testing
  • Once a week, go to an on-campus testing site
  • Use a nasal swab or saliva tube to submit a sample
  • Receive their test results by email and/or text

Testing Hours

Malibu Campus Sites

Mullin Town Square
Monday–Friday: Noon to 6 PM

Firestone Fieldhouse Lot
Monday–Friday: 7 AM to Noon

 



Graduate Campus Sites

West Los Angeles
Monday–Thursday: Noon to 7 PM
Friday and Saturday: Closed

Calabasas
Monday–Thursday: Noon to 6 PM
Friday and Saturday: Closed

The campus testing sites are only used for screening testing. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please DO NOT visit the campus routine screening testing sites to test for COVID-19. Instead, follow specific instructions for diagnostic testing below. 


 

Diagnostic Testing

Used For: All symptomatic students, faculty, and staff (regardless of vaccination status)
COVID-19 Test Type: Either a rapid/antigen test and/or a PCR test (based on circumstances)
Testing Timeline: At the direction of the Student Health Center, COVID-19 Community Response Team, or health care provider

Diagnostic testing is intended to identify current infection in individuals and is performed when a person has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please DO NOT visit the campus routine screening testing sites to test for COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Do not go to campus or to class
  • Remain in your residence
  • Contact the appropriate health care provider:
    • Students:  Get tested for COVID-19 and seek medical attention as appropriate from your doctor. Note the Student Health Center is available to see students Monday through Friday during business hours.
    • Faculty/Staff: Contact your health care provider and follow their instructions, which may include diagnostic testing and quarantine/isolation.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 at a testing location other than Pepperdine’s on-campus weekly screening testing sites or the Student Health Center, please complete the University's START Form to alert Pepperdine officials to your case.

 

Compliance

We are confident community members will comply with these important health and safety provisions. In the unlikely event of non-compliance, these matters will be directed to the Office of Community Standards for students, the Office of the Provost for faculty, or Human Resources for staff members. Consequences will be aligned with other failures to comply with University policy.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.


 

Prioritizing Health and Safety

The University has given deliberate attention and invested considerable resources to ensure its testing program is effective, simple, and adaptable to changing conditions.

The frequency of and types of testing required will be determined by an ongoing analysis considering many factors, including the following: (i) public health orders and guidance, (ii) the number of people on campus; (iii) the presence of COVID-19 cases on a campus; (iv) the level of COVID-19 transmission in the local community; and (v) the percentage of Pepperdine community members who are vaccinated.

If an outbreak of COVID-19 cases occurs, or if the University determines additional testing is needed for the continued health and safety of the community, the frequency of testing could increase. The University continues to review its testing protocols with its medical professionals and infectious disease specialists and will make adjustments as necessary.

The University is confident community members will comply with these important health and safety provisions. In the unlikely event of non-compliance, these matters will be directed to the Office of Community Standards for students, the Office of the Provost for faculty, or Human Resources for staff members. Consequences will be aligned with other failures to comply with University policy.

For questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111.

Notice:

The most up-to-date information on testing can be found on the Pepperdine Restoration Plan "Test" website.