Housing Information During COVID-19
Please note: The most up-to-date information about Pepperdine as we navigate through COVID-19 can be found at Pepperdine's COVID-19 Planning and Preparedness page.
All dining facilities run on special hours during this time. For a complete list of available locations and hours, please see our Special Dining Hours webpage.
Pepperdine University highly values the residential campus experience for its students, and our students consistently report that living on campus is one of the highlights of their academic experience. We are preparing the proper protocols to make this residential living experience as safe and enjoyable as possible under the current circumstances. As you would likely expect, we are receiving guidance from local public health officials and are in regular communication with them. We will, of course, notify you immediately if we are given reason to believe that we would be required to restrict or reconfigure our residential housing plans such that we would need to reduce the number of students living on campus.
Information and advisories are still forthcoming, and as we learn more, updates will be posted on this page.
The health and safety of our students and employees are paramount; therefore, our planning continues to be subject to evolving public health guidance.
2021-2022 International Program Update:
The latest international program updates are available on the COVID-19 FAQ website. If Pepperdine cannot offer your international program and the University is permitted to operate on-campus residence halls under regular occupancy guidelines, IP students will be able to request on-campus housing. Please watch your Pepperdine email account for updates and review other important housing FAQs listed below.
The University's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, released on July 9, requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated in advance of their return to campus for the fall semester. However, the policy does entitle community members to claim a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption to the vaccination requirement in good faith. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines must be authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization.
All students are required to provide proof of vaccination or a completed exemption. Returning students who do not submit one or the other will have their fall registration canceled. New students who do not submit one or the other will not be registered for fall classes. On-campus residential students also will not be permitted to move into residence halls.
If you have previously complied with this requirement, thank you. If you have not already done so, please submit your COVID-19 vaccine documentation (either proof of vaccine or a completed and signed exemption form) via the Student Health Center Patient Portal. Instructions for this required task may be found on the University's COVID-19 website.
Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements
As a precautionary measure and screening tool for the start of the semester in compliance with LACDPH guidance, Pepperdine requires students at all five schools accessing a Pepperdine campus or facility, regardless of vaccination status, to obtain a diagnostic test for COVID-19 no earlier than 72 hours before arrival at one of Pepperdine's campuses or facilities. This is a one-time test required prior to arrival on campus. The test results must be uploaded to the student's patient portal.
Please note that self-administered tests that are purchased over the counter are not acceptable. The test report from the testing site must include the name of the individual being tested, the name or type of test performed, the date and time the test was obtained, and the result of the test.
Ongoing Expectations Once In Community
For the safety of our community and to enable the University to remain open for in-person classes and activities, all Pepperdine students are required to cooperate with existing University COVID-19 policies, including, but not limited to, wearing masks over the nose and mouth; daily wellness checks; screening testing; contact tracing; relocation of housing, if necessary; and quarantine and isolation requirements. The details of these expectations may be modified as infection rates, vaccination rates, and Los Angeles County guidance change. Updated information can be found on the University's COVID-19 website.
Testing, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation Expectations
Unvaccinated students, or those who are not fully vaccinated, will be required to participate in ongoing periodic screening testing as directed by University officials. Unvaccinated individuals are also required to participate in contact tracing if they are suspected of having contact with someone with COVID-19. At all times, students must cooperate fully with all testing, contact tracing, and both quarantine and isolation processes (including relocation).
Fully vaccinated students should participate in screening testing as directed. Students are also expected to cooperate with all contact tracing efforts. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if exposed to a suspected positive COVID-19 case unless they become symptomatic or test positive, in which case they will be required to isolate and follow other instructions from the Student Health Center.
Pepperdine will comply with all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines regarding face covering or masking. Current LACDPH guidelines require that all community members be masked in indoor public settings. This includes all academic buildings, dining facilities, administration buildings, recreational facilities, office settings, etc.
In residence halls, individuals sharing suites or apartments are considered a household and are not required to wear face coverings while in their "home" area, but they are required to wear face coverings when exiting their suite/apartment and in public areas of the residence halls.
Guests are currently permitted in the residence halls and apartments. When guests are present, all individuals present must wear a face covering.
Current guidelines do not require a face covering for either vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals when outdoors.
Face coverings are required for all individuals riding a University shuttle or bus or when in University healthcare settings (including the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center) regardless of vaccination status.
What if I want to sign up for a single room?
At this time, we are not offering additional single room options beyond what is provided at the Drescher campus apartments and through the disability accommodation process. Should you feel you need a single room accommodation or request to be exempt from the on-campus housing requirement, please follow these processes: Single Room Accommodation and Residency Exemption.
I'm required to live on campus. How can I apply to be exempt from this policy?
Students and families may request an exemption from the first-year/sophomore requirement by completing an exemption request.
What if Pepperdine goes to remote learning for fall 2021?
Should remote instruction be required at some point during the fall semester due to COVID-19 restrictions, students who cancel their contract will have their reservation fee credited to their student account. If needed, additional details on the cancellation process will be provided. No contract cancellation fees will be assessed.
Will I be required to pay the full-year room and board should the campus open then close again due to COVID-19? Will I receive a refund on housing if I'm required to vacate?
The Housing Contract Terms and Conditions states that the University reserves the right to charge the contracted room rate for the duration of an academic year, which is the contract length. However, if the situation occurs where the University will once again need to close, we will give a pro-rated refund based on the departure date if it is more than a week before the end of the semester. Families would then be able to determine if they want the balance of their funds to remain in the student's account (to be applied to future charges), or they can work with Student Accounts to have the balance transferred to the student's bank account.
If a student can commute from home, and that is their preference due to COVID-19 risk, will you allow this?
First and second-year students seeking an exemption to the requirement to live on campus may complete an exemption request here. Health concerns will be a consideration as we review these requests. If you believe you have a disability that precludes you from being able to safely live in residential housing, you can begin an accommodation request with the Office of Student Accessibility by contacting them here.
What is the student isolation and quarantine process?
We have designated separate quarantine spaces (student is not ill, but has ill roommate or was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms), and isolation spaces (student has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19). The University has designated Contract Tracers to identify those at risk when a student's symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 or when a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result.
If a residential student is placed in either a quarantine or isolation area, the Student Health Center along with Residence Life staff will continue to care for the student. This includes health monitoring, delivery of meals and care packages, frequent check-ins, assistance with online learning, etc.
How is the requirement for students to wear face coverings be enforced?
There are ongoing educational efforts appealing to students' desires to protect their own health, to care for others, and contribute to the broader public health solution. Additionally, students have been provided with a memo that offers a detailed explanation of the University's expectations regarding social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, dining etiquette (grab-and-go, where to eat/not to eat), etc. If a student is uncooperative with university officials on this or other matters, the student may be reported to the Office of Community Standards.
What are your plans for cleaning measures in the residence areas (halls and apartments)?
Measures will be returning to pre-COVID cleaning levels. It is the resident's responsibility to keep their rooms, suites, bathrooms, and apartments clean and in good condition. Students will receive courtesy disinfectant wipes at move-in and can request more by contacting the Department of Facilities Services.
Why should students open their windows?
To aid in the slowing of the spread of COVID-19, HRL encourages students to open their windows whenever possible. The CDC recommends the following steps to increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants in campus buildings:
- When weather conditions allow, open windows and doors to increase fresh outdoor air. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to people using the facility.
- Use fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows. Position fans securely and carefully near windows so as not to create potentially contaminated airflow directly from one person to another. The fan position should also not create potentially contaminated airflow to people outside of the room (e.g., pedestrians using walkways outside the window). Strategic window fan placement in exhaust mode can help draw fresh air into room via other open windows and doors without generating strong room air currents.