Elkins classes pose a serious safety threat among students and faculty. Between classes that hold hundreds of people and uncooperative students who refuse to wear masks, it makes someone wonder why Pepperdine is having them at all during a pandemic.
The start of the Spring 2022 semester aligned with a surge in omicron cases and an expansion of Pepperdine’s quarantine and isolation program. Students navigated COVID restrictions and procedures while the University tried to keep up with a record number of COVID-positive students.
Pepperdine resumes learning in-person despite universities nationwide participating in virtual schooling, and unless sick or exposed, students are expected to be back in the classroom.
As Omicron spreads across the country, many Pepperdine students are finding themselves quarantining or isolating from their peers for 5 to 10 days. Students are scattered in hotels across Malibu and through the canyon and shared their similar experiences.
Pepperdine resumed in-person classes Jan. 13, despite several hundred positive COVID-19 cases among students. Community members shared mixed feelings about returning amid Omicron.
As students prepare to start the spring 2022 semester in Malibu, Pepperdine officials implement stronger COVID-19 policies and protections. On-campus operations will pause until Jan. 14 or until in-person classes resume.