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Division of Student Affairs

Theresa A. Powell, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs 
Kristl L. Wiernicki, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 
and Greek Advisor 
402 Conwell Hall
(215) 204-6556
(215) 204-9628 (Fax)

James A. Fitzsimmons, M.Ed., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 
and Dean of Students 
404 Student Center
(215) 204-7188
(215) 204-1663 (Fax)

The Division of Student Affairs, in partnership with faculty, staff and students, provides wide-ranging support services and co-curricular opportunities and activities that are designed to foster a dynamic campus climate and vibrant educational community.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs coordinates Division-wide initiatives, advises social fraternities and sororities, administers the Temple Way Emergency Student Aid Fund and the Division's staff development programs. 

University Housing and Dining

Jack Niven, Director 
1910 Liacouras Walk 
(215) 204-7184 
(215) 204-3261 (Fax) 

Student Housing

Residence halls at the Main, Ambler, and Tyler School of Art campuses, as well as several leased, off-campus housing options provide an opportunity for students to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom, library, and laboratory. University Housing attempts to create group living environments in which each student is encouraged to develop as an individual in an atmosphere that promotes emotional, social, and intellectual development. In addition, University Housing is committed to creating community living environments that value and promote an appreciation for diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and people. See the Campuses

Residence Dining Centers and Services

Many of the plan options offered to students are combined packages including a specific number of meals per week in addition to a set amount of Diamond Dollars.  Students find these packages convenient for their needs, allowing them to dine in the dining halls and/or the Food Court and to purchase items from vending machines and convenience stores in the residence halls as well as other eateries across Temple's campuses.

The Johnson-Hardwick Dining Center is an "all you-can-eat" facility and operates continuously from breakfast through midnight, Monday through Friday.  Weekend operations include Saturday brunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch, dinner, and fourth meal. 

The Food Court at the Student Center will accept Meal Equivalency, Diamond Dollars and cash and will soon offer Temple students further food options. 

Students interested in obtaining more information about, or applying for any of the above housing accommodations, should write to the Office of University Housing, 1910 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or call (215) 204-7223 or
(215) 204-7224.

Student Services and Support

Career Development Services

Chet Rispoli, Ed.D., Director 
2nd floor, Mitten Hall 
(215) 204-7981 
(215) 204-4462 (Fax) 

Career Development Services (CDS) assists students and alumni/ae in all phases of the career development process including career counseling, planning, and employment information. Students are encouraged to begin their career assessment and exploration as early as their freshman year. Career counseling and advising is offered as well as online assessments through DISCOVER, a computerized career guidance system.  Hundreds of books and literature on career fields, employment trends, and pertinent information are in the CDS Career Library and Cyber Center.  Full-time, part-time, seasonal, co-op, and internship opportunities are posted online through Jobtrak and the CDS website.  They can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere! 

Workshops are held regularly throughout the semester on a broad range of career-related topics including resume writing, interview techniques, the job search, career decision making, how to select a major, and many others.  Each semester, a University-wide career fair attracts hundreds of quality employers to the spacious Liacouras Center. International career panels and graduate school fairs are also offered. CDS sponsors seminars on employment in various fields.  All events are posted in the Career Development Services office, on the CDS website http://www.temple.edu/careerdev/ and in the Career Connections newsletter. 

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Co-op), which links classroom instruction with practical application, is coordinated by Career Development Services. This program is currently available to students enrolled in Business and Management, Mathematics, and Computer and Information Sciences. Students work in fields related to their majors and receive pay during the employment period. They can also receive academic credit through college or department Co-op courses, which may be elected by students on Co-op assignments. Co-op employment resembles regular employment, except that student employees are hired for a limited period of time. Standards and procedures that apply to permanent employees also apply to Co-op student employees. Interviewing, hiring, and determination of salary and benefits are the responsibility of the employer. 

Extern Program

The Extern program is an optional work experience/career education program designed to aid students in making better informed career decisions based on practical experience and self-assessment. It is sponsored by Career Development Services. 

Students accepted into the program receive individualized career counseling, on-the-job experience, and academic assignments. Students are placed as volunteers with organizations in areas that complement their career objectives and/or fields of study. 

The program is usually offered during the first two full weeks of January, coinciding with the University's winter break. Participating students receive two or three academic credits. 

On-Campus  Recruitment

The On-Campus Recruitment Program brings a wide range of top-notch employers to campus. A senior can simply post a resume for this program in the newly-installed online system called Interviewtrak.  Resumes are  reviewed and selected by employers. Students selected can  schedule a face-to-face interview appointment with  recruiters through Interviewtrak as well. On the day of the appointment, both students and employers meet in the CDS Interview Suite right on campus. It's easy, convenient, and very effective.  Often, employers hold information sessions prior to their scheduled interview day; students are  strongly  encouraged to attend.  Check out the website or stop by the CDS office for further details. 

Student Employment

Each year Temple University students find part-time, temporary, and summer employment, both on- and off-campus, through the Student Employment Program in Career Development Services. Employers from around the Philadelphia region actively seek to hire Temple students in a variety of opportunities on an ongoing basis. Students simply need to stop by CDS to receive instructions and a password, and the rest is easy.  Student Employment opportunities are on line at www.temple.edu/careerdev. Please note: international students must contact the Office of International Services for approval and clearance before seeking employment. 

Dean of Students Office

James A. Fitzsimmons, M.Ed., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 
and Dean of Students 
404 Student Center 
(215) 204-7188 
(215) 204-1663 (Fax) 

The Dean of Students Office provides guidance and support to individual students, parents, and student groups regarding nonacademic issues such as Housing, New Student Orientation, Judicial Affairs, Leadership Programs, Community Service Opportunities, Campus Activities, and Student Clubs and Organizations. In addition, the Dean of Students office also facilitates the oversight of  Temple Student Government; The Temple News, the student run newspaper; the Templar, the student yearbook.

Students are encouraged to become involved in the numerous student leadership positions that are part of each Student Affairs department. These include peer leadership positions which assist students with disabilities, international students, and resident students as well as students desiring experience in facilities management, technical support for campus performances, and campus programming for a very diverse student population. 

For more information, please see the Student Handbook at the home page of the Student Assistance Center at www.temple.edu/assistance/

Disability Resources and Services 

Dorothy Cebula, Ph.D., Director 
100 Ritter Annex 
(215) 204-1280 
(215) 204-1786 (TTY) 
(215) 204-6794 (Fax) 

Disability Resources and Services arranges accommodations and provides information and support in accessing University programs, facilities, and activities for students with disabilities. 

Services include assisting with academic adjustments and accommodations including sign language interpreters, test proctoring, library research, note taking, and reader services. Information on mobility, wheelchair storage, adaptive computing, small equipment loan, specialized scholarship and career/internship resources is also available. 

International Services

Martyn J. Miller, Ph.D., Director 
203B Vivacqua Hall 
1700 N. Broad Street 
(215) 204-7708 
(215) 204-6166 (Fax)
International Services (OIS) provides service and support to Temple University’s international students, scholars and researchers.  Contributing to Temple’s intellectual and cultural diversity, the international  student and scholar community represents more than 100 countries and offers a unique opportunity to expand one's cultural and academic horizons. To accomplish its mission, International Services generates all required legal documents required for non-immigrant students and scholars; provides advisory and counseling services; serves as a liaison to University departments, U.S. and foreign government agencies and the greater community; facilitates the assimilation of international students and scholars into the larger Temple community; and contributes to the international community's cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. Detailed information on programs and services offered by OIS is available from the office in Vivacqua Hall or the office's web site  at http://www.temple.edu/ois.

Major medical health insurance is required for all international students in Nonimmigrant Student (F-1 or J-1) status. International students are required to submit to the University's Benefits Office evidence of coverage by a health insurance policy that meets the minimum coverage required by Temple University (consistent with standards established by the United States Department of State): maximum deductible of $500 per accident or illness; payment of at least 75% of covered medical expenses; maximum benefit of $50,000 per accident or illness; repatriation benefits of no less than $7,500; and medical evacuation benefits of no less than $10,000. Students may also purchase such health insurance upon arrival at Temple University. For further information, please contact the University's Benefits Office at (215)-204-1321.

In addition, international students must demonstrate that they are free of active tuberculosis by submitting to Student Health Services a Tuberculosis Screening Record, which has been certified by a licensed physician. International students may meet this requirement upon arrival at Temple University by taking a PPD test at Student Health Services.

A mandatory orientation session is held for new international students at the beginning of each academic term; for more information, please see the Orientation section in this bulletin.

Intensive English Language Program

Through its Intensive English Language Program (IELP), the Office of International Services also provides English as a second language instruction to non-matriculated students in non-credit courses.  For detailed information about the IELP, please refer to IELP, under Admission, Registration, and Financial Information.

Russell Conwell Center (see Academic Programs and Services)

Student Health Services

Ilene N. Moore, M.D., J.D., Director 
Lower Level, Mitten Hall 
1913 N. Broad Street 
(215) 204-7500 
(215) 204-4660 (Fax) 

Student Health Services strives to promote a high standard of health among Temple University students through programs in preventive medicine and health education, in addition to diagnosis and treatment of  injury and illness. Care providers include doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Services offered at the Main, Ambler, Tyler, and Health Sciences Center campuses include basic medical care, an immunization/allergy injection clinic, family planning services, health education, and a self-care center. Other services offered at Main Campus include dermatology consultation and HIV testing. 

Student Health Fee

Students are charged a fee each semester during the academic year to help subsidize the basic diagnostic and treatment services provided by health care providers at all four campus locations. There are charges for services not covered by the Student Health Fee such as dispensed medications, orthopedic supplies, and immunizations. Office laboratory tests can be performed at Tyler, Ambler, and HSC offices while more extensive laboratory testing is available at the Main Campus office. 

Student Health Insurance

Because the Student Health Fee is not an insurance premium, all students are strongly encouraged to carry health insurance. (Major medical health insurance is required for all international students in Nonimmigrant student (F-1 or J-1 status.) The costs of physician visits outside of Student Health Services, prescription medications, specialty medical care, and  hospital and outpatient treatment, (including emergency room services or diagnostic testing) whether provided by Temple University Hospital or another facility, are not covered by the Student Health Fee. Students are directly responsible for payment of  bills not covered by health insurance. 

Students may obtain information and applications for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna U.S. Healthcare plans offered through Temple by contacting the Human Resources, Benefits Office, Room 201, University Services Building, (215) 204-1321. 


Entering students are required to submit proof of two measles immunizations or laboratory proof of measles immunity. It is recommended that college students receive adequate immunization against mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, chickenpox, hepatitis B, and meningococcal disease. Students may receive these vaccines from their family physician or from Student Health Services. There is a charge for each vaccine administered. 

International students must demonstrate that they are free of active tuberculosis by submitting to Student Health Services a Tuberculosis Screening Record, which has been certified by a licensed physician. International students may meet this requirement upon arrival at Temple University by taking a PPD test at Student Health Services.

Tuttleman Counseling Services

John DiMino, Ph.D., Director 
Lower Level, Sullivan Hall 
(215) 204-7276 
(215) 204-5419 (Fax) 

Tuttleman Counseling Services provides a comprehensive array of counseling and support services for individuals and groups who are experiencing emotional, educational or vocational concerns. The Department's goal is to provide students with an opportunity to explore issues of concern in a safe and supportive setting. The staff is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals. The five components of the Department are listed below. 

Psychological Services

Psychological Services is staffed by licensed psychologists who provide brief individual, couple, and group counseling, as well as referral, consultation, and educational workshops. Some common issues that are addressed, either individually or in groups include: 

• relationship problems 
• stress, depression, anxiety 
• eating disorders 
• loss and/or grief 
• procrastination 
• shyness 
• academic performance 
• career decisions 
• family problems 
• sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases 
• gay, lesbian and bisexual transgender issues 
• racism 
• sexism 
• vocational counseling
The Psychological Services staff will also assist students in locating resources and other services available on campus or in the city that are specific to their needs. 

C.E.R.T. (Conflict Education Resource Team) 

C.E.R.T., a peer-run program supervised by psychological services staff, exists to assist in the resolution of conflict and to provide information regarding the nature and value of conflict. In addition to offering educational workshops and programs, C.E.R.T. provides free conflict mediation and coaching to students who wish to find alternatives to resolve conflicts such as roommate disputes, organizational or club conflict, borrowing or lending disputes, family conflict, and more. These services are available by appointment. 

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services is committed to caring for the mental health needs of Temple University students, by providing psychiatric evaluations, medication consultations, and short-term individual psychotherapy. The psychiatrist also responds to referrals from other TCS units and serves as a liaison to the Health Sciences Center. Students are seen by appointment, except in emergency situations when immediate care is required. 

CASA (Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness) 

The Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) program is a comprehensive program focusing on all aspects of alcohol and other drug use and abuse. The CASA program is staffed by certified addictions counselors who work with students individually and in groups. CASA also sponsors a group of trained peer educators who offer workshops and other educational activities. These workshops emphasize positive decision-making and alternatives to alcohol and other drug use. Several anonymous recovery groups including AA, NA, OA, and ACOA meet regularly on Temple's campus. 

SACE (Sexual Assault Counseling and Education) 

Recognizing that college students are often at risk for sexual assault, harassment, and other forms of interpersonal violence, the SACE program plays a pivotal role in changing attitudes and myths about violence through education and workshops within the University community. In addition, the program provides resources for workshops, participation in curriculum development, and coordination of services for survivors of assault. The SACE staff provides crisis intervention, survivor advocacy, individual counseling, and groups for survivors of assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. SACE also utilizes peer educators who provide student support and training throughout the year. All services are confidential. 

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The staff also provides onsite services at the Ambler and Tyler campuses. Students are seen by appointment except in emergency situations when immediate care is required. Services are free and confidential for all registered students. 

Please call (215) 204-7276 for more information.

Student Leadership and Development Opportunities

Greek Affairs

Kristl L. Wiernicki, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 
and Greek Advisor 
402 Conwell Hall
(215) 204-6556
(215) 204-9628 (Fax)

The University recognizes social fraternities and sororities from three national governing bodies: the National Interfraternity Council (NIC); the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC); and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).  As members of the Temple University Greek Association (TUGA), recognized chapters and colonies participate actively in Greek governance, community service, philanthropy and social activities throughout the academic year.  New members are recruited during the fall and spring semesters.  All chapters and colonies live in privately-owned, off campus housing.

Recreation Services

Steve Young, M.Ed., Director 
Suite 102, McGonigle Hall
1800 N. Broad Street 
(215) 204-1267 
(215) 204-3223 (Recreation Hotline) 
(215) 204-3800 (Fax) 
Recreation Services is the coordinating office for recreational sports programs at Main Campus.  Over 2,300 students, faculty and staff participate daily in one or more of the various activities offered by this department.  These activities include intramurals (men's, women's, co-rec, and open), sports clubs, informal recreation, and aquatics.  Each of these programs is designed for active participation and enjoyment, and can provide hours of fun, fitness, and friendship.
Two first-class facilities are available to accommodate a wide range of recreational opportunities.  The 59,000 square foot Independence Blue Cross Student Center provides participants with a first-class environment for fitness conditioning, aerobics, martial arts, racquetball, an indoor jogging track and an outdoor multi-purpose court.  The Student Pavilion is a 30,000 square foot space, which provides opportunities for activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor tennis, indoor soccer and indoor flag football.  Other areas include an indoor golf driving range, day lockers, and equipment check-out.  Additionally, the Pavilion Complex includes seven outdoor lighted tennis courts.  One of the tennis courts has a special surface that can be used for roller blading and in-line hockey. 
All of Recreation Services' aquatics programs are held in Pearson Hall Pools 30 & 31.  Pool 30 is available for scheduled recreational swimming hours with some specific hours identified for lap swimming only.  Other aquatics events throughout the semester include: Splash into Shape, Water Aerobics, Innertube Water Polo, and the Temple Triathlon. 
For further information, visit the Recreation Services Office or call (215) 204-1267 or visit the department website at  http://www.temple.edu/recsvcs
Intramural Sports

A number of intramural sports, as well as a number of sports clubs, are offered on the Main Campus. The Department of Recreation Services has the most up-to-date listing of these sports and information about how to join them. 

For more information, see the Student Handbook

Student Activities

Ken Bonk, M.Ed., Director 
Main Campus 
320 Student Center 
(215) 204-7131 
(215) 204-1846 (Fax) 

Health Sciences Center 
2nd floor, Student Faculty Conference Center 
(215) 707-4017 
(215) 707-4481 (Fax) 

The Office of Student Activities develops and implements diverse University-wide programs.  These programs are designed to challenge, educate, entertain, and provide social and recreational avenues for commuter and residential students alike.  The staff offers guidance and advisement to over 160 campus student organizations. Involvement in these organizations can provide opportunities for students to develop leadership and management skills, promote interpersonal and social responsibility, and enhance intellectual growth and self-esteem.

The Office is also responsible for the overall operation of the Main Campus Student Center, the Gameroom in the Bell Building, the Cinema in Tuttleman 101, the Owl Cove, the Great Court in Mitten Hall and the Health Sciences Campus Student Faculty Conference Center.  These facilities foster increased social interaction and a sense of community among individuals. 

The Main Campus Student Center offers a three - story atrium that leads patrons to the following:  Dean of Students Office, Student Activities and the Student Assistance Center; Temple Student Government, the Village (clubs and organizations area), Temple News (student newspaper), Graphics Media Center, which assists student clubs and organizations in printing, duplication and marketing of their events and activities, The Templar (student yearbook); Food Court with a 700-seat dining area, a television lounge, study lounge, bookstore, information center, parking services, credit union, travel agency and post office. 

The Owl Cove offers daily (Monday through Friday) inexpensive, yet tasty breakfast and lunch/snack items in a relaxing atmosphere.  Amenities include a wide-screen television and table tennis.  At night and on weekends, the Owl Cove and Great Court host a wide variety of programs for students. 

The Health Sciences Campus Student Faculty Conference Center offers a bookstore, dining hall/coffee shop, study lounges, conference rooms, game room, television lounge, dance studio, gymnasium, and fitness center.  A Temple identification card is required to enter the facility. 

Student Assistance Center

Kathryn D'Angelo, M.S., Director 
A6 Student Center 
(215) 204-8531 
(215) 204-3287 (Fax) 

The Student Assistance Center's mission is to serve as a comprehensive "guide" to students, faculty, and the Philadelphia community.  The department offers University information about and referrals to University services and procedures.  Some of the resources offered include: 

  • New Student Orientation 
  • Parent Orientation 
  • Parents Weekend 
  • Student Handbook 
  • Administrative Ombudsperson  for non-academic issues 
  • Comprehensive Leadership Development Program 
  • Student Development Transcript Program 
  • University Disciplinary System 
  • Office of Community Service

Student Media 
Students on the Main Campus produce their own editorially independent newspaper, the Temple News (http://www.temple-news.com), during the academic year and distribute it to all campuses. Both the Temple News and the Templar, Temple's annual undergraduate yearbook, are staffed entirely by students and have offices on the Main Campus in the Student Center . The yearbook focuses on events and activities that affect the entire University community on all campuses. WRTI FM (90.1) is Temple University's jazz and classical music radio station. It is located on the first floor of Annenberg Hall. A limited number of student jobs are available. The Graphics Media Center (GMC), entirely staffed by students, creates and distributes posters, banners, flyers, buttons, and more for the University community. It is located on the third floor of the Student Center. 

Student Government  Temple Student Government (TSG) is the most comprehensive student government body at the University. TSG is composed of elected representatives from different schools and colleges at Temple, individual collegial assemblies, and at-large representatives. 

TSG advocates student perspectives to the faculty and administration concerning University policy and programs. It also funds a variety of student activities through the TSG Allocations Board. In addition to the University-wide Government, each school and college has its own collegial assembly, and some campuses, such as Ambler, have their own student governments.