At Temple, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. More than 150 people at all levels have been involved in this effort and are committed to maximizing safety while ensuring that your student’s quality Temple education and college experience can continue to take place.
It is the guidance of our faculty and researchers—coupled with the seemingly inexhaustible dedication of our professional staff at all levels—that has led to a comprehensive series of plans, protocols and procedures for the fall semester. In recent weeks, our plans have been reviewed and approved by the education and health professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.
Students have an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe this fall. Students must be prepared to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing plan to keep themselves and others healthy and protected. Our testing plan, in addition to everyone’s commitment to the four public health pillars, is the best way for us to meet the goals: safeguarding lives, creating safe learning environments and connecting students with learning tools and support services, and providing the quality education Temple students expect and deserve.
Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services to discuss healthcare options. If they’ve come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, they will be notified by the university’s contact tracing team and will be provided with instructions on quarantining and testing. Tests will be administered through the university’s newly established testing center and offered by appointment only.
The university continues testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic students, faculty and staff as a safety precaution and to help identify any potential clusters of positive cases on campus. Regular testing across the university will enable Health Services, if necessary, to act quickly to limit the spread of the disease. Temple’s team of contact tracers will work hand-in-hand with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to identify close contacts of positive cases so that they may be tested and follow proper quarantine protocols. The privacy of all involved in contact-tracing efforts will be protected.
As the semester gets underway, students, faculty and staff who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student or Employee Health Services to discuss healthcare options. The university’s contact tracing team will notify anyone if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive and will provide instructions on quarantining and testing.
Throughout September, the university will continue testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic students, faculty and staff each week as a safety precaution and to help identify any potential clusters of positive cases on campus. Regular testing across the university will enable Health Services, if necessary, to act quickly to limit the spread of the disease. Temple’s team of contact tracers will work hand-in-hand with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to identify close contacts of positive cases so that they may be tested and follow proper quarantine protocols. The privacy of all involved in contact-tracing efforts will be protected.
It is important to note that being tested is not a disciplinary action and there is no penalty if a student tests positive for COVID-19. Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of the Temple community, and routine testing is one of the ways to do that. Johnson and Hardwick Halls have been dedicated for isolation and quarantine rooms for students in university housing who test positive or come in close contact with someone who tests positive, in order to provide a secure place to complete their isolation or quarantine period.
Students who have traveled in the past 14 days from a “hot state” will also be tested for COVID-19, in accordance with guidance issued by the city of Philadelphia. If your Owl has been to one of these states within the past 14 days, they will need to log their travel in the Travel Tracker form on TUportal to help the university with any potential contact tracing efforts. After completing this form, they will receive further instructions from Health Services.
The university continues our campus testing and contact tracing initiative. Contact tracing is the process of identifying and contacting people who may have come into contact with persons infected with COVID-19 in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Student Health Services has been testing for the virus since the testing materials became available, and that work continues today. The testing site has been moved to Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on the street level of the Morgan Hall tower. With its own entrance and a new reservation system, we will be able to provide local testing to Temple students and staff. Learn more about this testing site.
Frequently Asked Questions about Testing and Exposure to COVID-19
With the start of the fall semester, Temple University has developed guidelines for students who are experiencing symptoms, need to be tested for COVID-19 or need to report symptoms, and what to do if students think they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
Read the university’s answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing for students.
Emphasis on Public Health
A successful fall semester depends on a commitment to the four pillars of public health by the entire Temple community. It will take each of us doing our part to keep our campuses safe by adhering to the behaviors outlined below, which are essential until a vaccine is available.