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. For more information, our Return to Campus guide offers answers to many frequently asked questions for both students and parents.
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.
Plans for the Fall 2020 Semester
New protocols for keeping our buildings clean and employees safe have been put into place. 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
All students have an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe. 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.
Students, faculty and staff who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services to discuss healthcare options. If you’ve come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, you 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.
It is important to note that being tested is not a disciplinary action and there is no penalty if you test 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.
If you have been to one of the states considered to be high risk within the past 14 days, you will need to log your travel in the Travel Tracker form on TUportal to help the university with any potential contact-tracing efforts. After completing this form, you will receive further instructions from Student Health Services.
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.
Please read the Return to Campus Guide for Temple Students. Access the guide by logging in to TUportal, where you’ll also find in-depth protocols and guides related to health and safety. 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.
Watch this video to find out more about how to keep yourself—and others—safe.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-204-1280.
Protect the Nest App
We're teaming up with Smartwater to encourage students to follow our public health pillars and keep our community safe. Check out the Protect the Nest app in TUportal to let us know how you're protecting yourself and others.