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.
The health and safety of our community is the University’s highest priority, and Pepperdine continues to follow all governing guidelines. As you move into on-campus residential housing, please be aware of the following COVID-19 protocols currently in effect and expected for Fall 2022.
As a precautionary measure and screening tool for the start of the Fall 2022 term, all students are required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arriving on campus and log the result on the Entry Test Reporting Form. If you test positive, do not come to campus, isolate, and complete the START Form. If you test negative, you may proceed to campus. Access to your housing placement is contingent upon the completion of the Entry Test Reporting Form.
The University will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases. All community members are required to complete the START Form to report a positive COVID-19 test result. Additionally, the form should be used to notify the University of a close contact exposure that has resulted in symptoms. (You do NOT need to complete the START Form if you received your positive test result through Pepperdine’s screening testing program as those results are automatically shared with University officials and processed accordingly.)
Masks are currently optional indoors, though L.A. County Public Health officials have indicated they will reinstate an indoor mask mandate if COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers move the county into the CDC’s “High” Community Level for two consecutive weeks. Based on current projections, an indoor mask mandate could be in place by the end of July 2022. Once initiated, public health officials have noted the mask mandate will remain in place until Los Angeles County returns to the CDC’s “Medium” COVID-19 Community Level and remains in that level for two weeks.
COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
With the objective of prioritizing the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, while ensuring the highest standards of academic excellence and a transformative student experience, the University requires that all faculty, staff, and students accessing any University campus or facility who do not claim an exemption be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine per the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you have not already done so, you must submit your information by August 15, 2022 by using one of the links below:
Optional On-Campus PCR Testing
Screening tests will continue to be available on campus free of charge to Pepperdine community members at campus testing sites.
The University will continue to conduct contact tracing of positive cases and the associated close contacts. While many other institutions of higher education have scaled back contact tracing efforts, Pepperdine continues to invest in supporting this important tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the Pepperdine community.
Community members with COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves from the University community for the duration of their isolation period. The University will assign residential students to University isolation housing upon testing positive for COVID-19. Commuter students should be prepared with a plan to isolate.
Quarantine is no longer required for close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, unless symptoms arise. Instead, exposed contacts are required to wear a mask when around others for 10 days from their exposure to a positive case and to test three to five days after their last exposure.
Further details on each of the items above are available at the COVID-19 website or by contacting the University’s COVID-19 information line at 310.506.8110 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.