At Temple, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times, and we will continue to work through challenges and make sure that your experience is the best one possible given the current public health crisis. As always, we are consistently impressed by the strength and perseverance of our students and their families. We look forward to welcoming you back for a healthy and safe fall semester—both virtually and on campus.

We also encourage students to familiarize themselves with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act was drafted to provide stimulus and financial support to many sectors of the economy, including higher education. A portion of the funding package earmarked for colleges and universities is explicitly directed to provide emergency grants to students who were impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

A phased approach

We will be using a phased approach to reopening over the next few months. Each phase will allow additional people on campus in strictly regulated fashion. As part of this effort, new protocols for keeping our buildings clean and employees safe are being put into place. Taking these small steps allows us to assess our protocols and ensure that they produce the best possible results.

Find out more about how we're working to keep you safe while on campus by watching this video from Senior Director of Student and Employee Health Services, Mark Denys.

Testing and Tracing

As part of our return, we will enhance our current campus testing and contact tracing initiative. Our dedicated team at Student and Employee Health Services has been testing for the virus since the materials became available, and that work continues today.

We plan to shift our testing site out of the fourth floor of 1700 N. Broad St. and into a space that will become available on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on the street level of the Morgan Hall tower. With its own entrance and a new reservation system, this site will allow us to provide local testing to Temple students and staff.

More information about this site will be announced as the summer continues.

What’s Expected of You

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.

Students returning to Philadelphia to live in off-campus housing are also asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you’re coming from outside Pennsylvania, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the self-quarantine recommendations issued for certain states by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

During these 14 days, it is critical 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. You’ll want to continue practicing the healthy behaviors we’ve all grown accustomed to since March—such as 

  • properly wearing a facial covering, 
  • maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others, 
  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water, 
  • monitoring your health daily, and 
  • limiting the number of people in your social circle.

You’ll be expected to sustain these when you’re on campus. It is our hope that no student will have to begin their fall semester at Temple in isolation due to engaging in risky behavior before leaving home. 

Soon, you will be asked to read our Return to Campus Guide for Temple Students and complete an online training, which will further help you understand your 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.

What’s next

In the days and weeks ahead, the university will continue to share more about the initiatives listed above, as well as new information about how indoor and outdoor events, including those of our student organizations, will be managed this fall; how students will be able to reserve spaces in the TECH Center, Charles Library and certain recreation facilities; and what other new areas will be available on campus—like Zoom Rooms and places to eat your grab-and-go meals.

In the meantime, you’re encouraged to check the Return to Campus tab within TUportal for in-depth protocols and guides and temple.edu/return regularly for the most up-to-date information about the return planning efforts.

We’re in this together, so we can be together.

The Four Public Health Pillars

Campus Mask Distribution

A joint effort between Temple Library Systems, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Campus Safety, and Information Technology Services has brought 5,000 PPE masks to campus, intended for student use. Each student will be permitted up to two (2) masks per semester.

Students will be asked to swipe their Owlcard in order to keep track of the masks allotted. Schools and colleges across Temple campuses will also have masks available.

On Main Campus, masks will be distributed at the following locations.

  • Charles Library Security Desk
  • 1101 West Montgomery Ave. (Bell building)
  • Howard Gittis Student Center Information Desk
  • TECH Center Security Desk

Vulnerable Populations

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include

  • older adults (aged 65 years and older),
  • people who are immunocompromised,
  • asthma (moderate to severe),
  • chronic lung disease,
  • diabetes and
  • serious heart conditions.

If you fall into a high-risk group or have a health condition that supports the need for a reasonable accommodation, you should contact Temple’s Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) for assistance at drs@temple.edu or 215-204-1280. 

If you have personal circumstances that lead you to prefer a full or partial online course load for the fall 2020 semester, you should consult your academic advisor and/or academic program coordinator, who will be able to assist you.