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Spring 2022 COVID-19 Testing Requirements

The University directs our community to carefully comply with the following protocols so the community may remain together and continue in-person instruction during the spring semester.

All students are required to test negative within 72 hours prior to returning to any Pepperdine campus. As detailed below, that requirement remains in full effect. 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.

Please read below for information on the COVID-19 testing protocols in place for the Spring 2022 semester.

1) Entry Test

  • All students must complete a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving either on campus or for their first in-person University event.
  • Students may take a PCR or antigen test at a health care facility or testing site, or use an at-home test.
  • After testing, students must enter their test results into the Spring 2022 Entry Test Reporting Form. The form contains further instructions based on whether your test result was negative or positive.
  • The University strongly encourages all faculty and staff to complete an entry test as described above. Faculty and staff do not need to report their negative results.

2) Initial Screening Test

  • To join in person classes on January 13, students must plan accordingly and test at a Pepperdine testing site on Saturday, January 8; Sunday, January 9; or Monday, January 10. Only students who have tested negative may attend in person class. Detailed information will be sent from each school dean. Please note this initial screening test is separate and in addition to the entry test.


  • Graduate courses scheduled to meet in person beginning January 3 will proceed remotely for the first week to allow for appropriate testing as described above, which cannot be provided to these participants prior to the start of the semester. These programs will resume in person instruction the week commencing January 10 based on individual school directives communicated by graduate school deans. Only students who have tested negative may attend in person class.
  • Seaver New Student Orientation for those joining our community this spring will require all participants, including family members, to take a rapid antigen test on campus and receive a negative test result before joining activities.
  • Classes scheduled to begin in person during the week of January 10 will be conducted remotely on January 10, 11, and 12 to allow students to take a PCR test at a Pepperdine testing site on campus and receive results. We anticipate that classes will resume in person on January 13.

3) Weekly Screening Test

Pepperdine will continue to require weekly screening testing for all faculty, staff, and students regardless of vaccination status, as recommended by the current Los Angeles County guidance.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact the University’s COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at Thank you for your continued support as the University works together to keep the community safe.