Planning for the Fall 2020 Semester

Temple’s Return Team, which comprises representatives from every area of our campus, meets regularly to build out scenarios and plan for the fall 2020 semester. Each member of this team is committed to maximizing safety while ensuring that quality teaching, education and research can continue to take place. Results from the university’s staff survey, in addition to government mandates and public health guidelines, are used in the university’s planning.

Keeping Our Community Informed

Hear from the Temple community, including the university’s chief financial officer, the vice provost for academic affairs, and the senior director of Student and Employee Health Services, and learn more about what we’re doing to keep our students, faculty and staff healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions about Testing and Exposure to COVID-19

With the start of the fall semester, Temple University has developed guidelines for employees who are experiencing symptoms, need to be tested for COVID-19 or need to report symptoms, and what to do if employees 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 employees.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Temple University recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard, which logs active cases identified among students and staff, dividing them into three categories: on-campus, off-campus and non-campus cases. 

Counts include active cases among students and staff only on Temple’s Philadelphia region campuses: Main Campus, Temple University Center City, the Health Sciences Center, Ambler Campus and the School of Podiatric Medicine. Case counts on the dashboard are updated regularly.

University Testing Plan

As vital members of the campus community, Temple employees have an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe this fall. Employees must be prepared to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing plan to keep themselves and others healthy and protected. 

Students, faculty and staff 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 students, faculty or staff have 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.

After completing this form, employees will receive further instructions from Employee Health Services regarding testing and/or other instructions. If employees come into close contact with someone on campus 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.

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.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the process of tracking and alerting individuals who have been exposed to the virus. Employee Health Services is developing a contact tracing unit for all students, faculty and staff in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

The testing site has been moved into a space on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on the street level of the Morgan Hall tower.

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. Learn how members of the Temple community are doing their part to keep themselves and each other safe and healthy.

Well-being Programs

Temple is committed to the well-being of its employees during this time. Human Resources provides the following tools and resources so employees can seek support. 

Please note that in order to participate in the Independence Blue Cross and Magellan Behavioral Health resources, coverage under the university benefit plans is required. LifeWorks resources are available to all full-time employees.