MALIBU (CBSLA) – All fall semester classes at Pepperdine University will be held online, school officials said on Wednesday.
School officials called the decision difficult, but said it was based on Governor Gavin Newsom's instructions for colleges and universities to ban personal classes in much of California in the fall.
"This was not the decision we hoped or planned," said President Jim Gash in a statement. "Our faculty, staff and regents have worked tirelessly throughout the summer to prepare us for safe, personal instruction and accommodation on campus."
Gash said the faculty spent the summer "preparing to offer world class academic tuition online."
Classes begin on August 14 for the Caruso School of Law, August 16 for the School of Public Policy, August 17 for Seaver College for Letters, Arts and Sciences, August 31 for Graziadio Business School and on September 8th for the Graduate School of Education & Psychology.
Students may not be accommodated on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, but Gash anticipates that the university will soon receive permission to "accommodate students who can demonstrate an imperative emergency that will require them to enter campus this fall live ".
Students receive a “detailed notice” from their school's dean, specifically addressing accommodation, registration, schedules, and other important information, Gash said.