Temple continues to do all we can to ensure the welfare of students, faculty and staff, as well as our greater community. Learn more about how we planned for the spring 2021 semester, and read answers to frequently asked questions about the process.

Return Team

Temple’s Return Team, which comprises representatives from every area of our campus, meets regularly to build out scenarios and plan for the academic year. 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.

Spring 2021 Return Planning

With the health and safety of our community in mind, the university plans to welcome more students, faculty and staff back to campus for the spring 2021 semester, which will offer expanded in-person class instruction as well as a continued full slate of online course offerings. 

The university aims to keep campus case counts low through its enhanced testing plan, expanded contract tracing and strong sanitizing protocols. 

As the situation fluctuates, plans are subject to change. Be sure to check back regularly to stay abreast of the latest updates.

Fall Scenarios and Return Phases

Temple employed a phased return approach for the fall 2020 semester. Each phase allowed additional people on campus in strictly regulated fashion. To ensure a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, measures aimed at protecting public health—centered around the four public health pillars—are in place. 

When employed, a phased approach allows us to assess our protocols and ensure that they produce the best possible results through each of the phases of reopening. All planning efforts and continued support of state and local authorities allow for a highly fluid situation. The university was ready to pivot to primarily online instruction at any point.

Scenarios considered explored a range of possibilities, from a slightly modified traditional semester to a blend of smaller classes; continued online teaching; and gatherings that are limited in size, or anticipate greater use of online options. The four scenarios for the fall 2020 semester were reasonably normal, restricted semester, essentials only and comprehensive remote. All plans have included contingencies for changing conditions over time. 

The university consistently monitors and responds to new information about COVID-19 and its impacts, and are prepared to deviate from outlined plans in order to take swift actions to keep our community safe. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are always our top priority.

FAQ: Return Planning