We know you and your Owl are thinking about the beginning of the school year. At Temple, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We have been working for months to prepare our campuses for this unique year. 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 a safe return to campus this fall. 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.

Expectations for Returning Students

To ensure that we are able to move forward with successfully opening the university, every student—undergraduate, graduate, commuter, professional and adult—who is coming to Temple for the fall semester is strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus.

That means students who are moving into on-campus housing on Monday, Aug. 17, should begin their self-quarantine on Monday, Aug. 3.

Students returning to Philadelphia to live in off-campus housing are also asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Students coming from outside Pennsylvania can familiarize themselves with the self-quarantine recommendations issued for certain states by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

During these 14 days, it is critical for students to avoid high-risk situations, such as parties and other large gatherings where people are not wearing facial coverings or maintaining physical distancing of six feet or more.

Students will be asked to read our Return to Campus Guide for Temple Students and complete an online training, which will help them understand their part in our shared responsibility for protecting everyone’s well-being. We’ll also share more information about a team of dedicated Student Public Health Ambassadors that is being assembled to help encourage compliance with the four pillars of public health among students, as well as a social contract app that provides additional reminders through TUportal and the TUmobile app. And, Temple Student Government will be unveiling a student pledge to unite the student body in protecting each other and the greater Philadelphia community.

In the days and weeks ahead, the university will continue to share more about all of our initiatives for the fall semester.

Please help your Owl educate themselves about our new measures aimed at protecting the entire Temple community. Other resources include the Return to Campus tab within TUportal and temple.edu/return for the most up-to-date information about our return planning efforts.

Testing and Contact Tracing

As part of our return, we will continue—and enhance—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. We plan to enhance our operation by moving our testing site 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.

We are completing the details on our COVID-19 testing plan including expectations for students before moving back to campus.

Emphasis on Public Health

Any successful return to campus scenario 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.