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.
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.
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 2021-2022 academic year. 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.
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. Updated information can be found on the University's COVID-19 website.
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.
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.
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.