As Omicron cases around the world rise, Pepperdine’s International Programs begin the spring semester under unique circumstances. Although the experience looks different from what students, like sophomore Florence participant Melanie Tadros, expected, they said they are finding the bright side to finally being abroad.
Pepperdine will begin classes remotely Jan. 10, and plans to start in-person classes Jan. 13. All Pepperdine community members will be required to receive an entry test as well as a PCR test on campus before attending in-person classes.
COVID-19 has shaped the way people share their opinions and think about those of others, whether on social media or in real life. Students say everyone has some type of opinion about COVID-19 and social media could be aiding in the spread of people’s opinions about the pandemic.
The Pepperdine Student Health Center now offers three types of vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots and flu shots. All three are available through appointments on Malibu’s campus.
Malibu locals protested vaccine mandates in schools and for people in general as part of a larger national walkout, protesters said. The demonstration lasted for several hours by the Malibu Pier on Nov. 3.
Pepperdine validated each of its five schools’ vaccination rates across students, faculty and staff. The resulting numbers
Pepperdine misquoted its student COVID-19 vaccination rate, as released in a Sept. 10 email. The real number hovers in the low 80s, but the University had previously reported a 96% vaccination rate of its on-campus students.
Pepperdine will mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty and staff before the start of the 2021 academic year. Chief Business Officer Nicolle Taylor provides the University Management Committee’s rationale and additional information on the policy.
Pepperdine announced changes to its COVID-19 safety protocols following the state of California’s June 15 reopening. The updates lifted social distancing requirements and modified face covering requirements for community members.
Pepperdine shared a second draft of its interim COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for community review May 12. The updated policy would make vaccination mandatory for students, staff and faculty for the fall 2021 semester.