Students returned to Pepperdine from spring break without a mask mandate, after Pepperdine lifted its mask mandate March 7, following LA County guidance. Students expressed their opinions about the freedom to decide on face coverings.
Parents spent the past year watching their students adapt to online learning and a new virtual reality. Now with schools, including Pepperdine, starting to open, parents have mixed feelings about sending their students back.
Seaver students continue to exemplify academic success in the midst of COVID-19. More than 370 Seaver students earned the Dean’s List honor in fall 2020.
Pepperdine plans to open for voluntary in-person indoor classes April 6 at a limited capacity for those who live in or near Malibu. At this time, there is no decision about a commencement ceremony or summer international programs.
We cannot change campus opening — that’s happening no matter what — but we should each be responsible to ourselves and others, no matter what that looks like for the individual person. We’ve been resilient; let’s stay vigilant.
Pepperdine students who have been away from campus for almost a year are able to return after the university partially reopened its facilities this week.
The Brock House underwent an 18-month renovation to update the property and increase its effectiveness for hosting student events. President Jim Gash discusses the renovation and expresses hope that the house will be a hub for student activities and spiritual life moving forward.
Pepperdine prohibits students from coming to campus and has closed on-campus resources as a result of restrictive LA Department of Health protocols. Campus access and in-person resources are unlikely to become available this semester, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Connie Horton.
Pepperdine Athletics has taken strict protocols and measures to ensure the safe return of its student-athletes to campus for practices, training and competition.
The City of Malibu declared a state of emergency March 14, which led to local businesses, organizations and city services to close down or adjust to align with LA County COVID-19 guidelines. Although business has not been what it usually is in the summer, crowds of visitors come from other parts of the state, causing additional difficulties for Malibu.