The global pandemic has affected many of Temple’s normal on-campus operations. Find out everything you need to know about changes on our campuses, including mask requirements while on campus, student housing and more.

Students are encouraged to check their Temple emails regularly for information about housing and on-campus operations, as well read more about vaccinations and testing plans.

COVID-19 Compliance on Campus

Vaccines

The city of Philadelphia requires all staff, students and faculty at colleges and universities in the city to be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption.

Vaccine Booster

We strongly recommend getting your booster as soon as possible. If it has been six months or more since your last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you are eligible for a booster shot. Boosters are the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected or becoming seriously ill if you are infected and are readily available in pharmacies, doctors’ offices and through public health organizations. Please upload your booster shot information at temple.edu/vaxupload

Booster appointments are available through Student Health Services. We also remain in frequent communication with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to ensure we have up-to-date information about variant-specific vaccines, should they become available.

Learn more about getting vaccinated at Temple.

Testing

We encourage all members of the Temple community to self-test before coming back to campus for the semester. Tests are easily attainable, available for free and are a key step in keeping everyone safe. As has been the case for the duration of the pandemic, symptomatic testing will continue to be available in Morgan Hall. 

The city of Philadelphia vaccine mandate for institutions of higher education is still in effect, meaning that all students, faculty and staff are required to have the original vaccine series or an approved vaccine exemption. As long as we continue to be over 90% vaccinated as a campus community, students, faculty and staff with approved exemptions will no longer be required to test.

Learn important information about getting tested on campus.

University Protocols and City Regulations

In addition to complying with the university’s testing program, residential students are expected to comply with all university protocols and city regulations. At Temple, this includes adhering to protocols for testing, contact tracing, and quarantining and isolating; limitations on social gatherings; and restrictions on guests in university housing.

Students are encouraged to check their Temple emails regularly for additional information about move-in and to read more about vaccinations, testing plans and housing updates for on-campus living.  

International Travel Requirements

Restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted for the 2022–2023 academic year. All PhD, graduate and undergraduate student travelers require approval prior to overseas travel in accordance with the university’s international travel policy.

If you have any questions regarding the policy or international travel, please contact
Jacleen Mowery, senior director of global health, safety and security.
Email: jmowery@temple.edu

Mask Requirements

Masks are now optional in all indoor, nonhealthcare spaces. Due to the unique circumstances of the university’s health sciences enterprise, masks may still be required in settings like the Kornberg School of Dentistry or School of Podiatric Medicine. Masks are still required in clinical spaces.

When it comes to masking, we ask that all members of the Temple community make the decision that they most feel comfortable with. The effectiveness of one-way masking has been well-documented, and this is especially true with well-fitting masks.

Most importantly, we want to keep the vulnerable members of our community safe. We encourage everyone to continue to carry a mask and be willing to wear one if asked. Free masks are readily available across campus.

Please read the latest announcement for more information and continue to check temple.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Types of Masks and Masking

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Temple’s mask guidelines have changed. Cloth masks alone are no longer adequate for protecting yourself and others. The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well (completely covers your nose and mouth) and that you will wear consistently.

You now have three options for how to mask while on campus. 

  • Good: a surgical mask with multiple layers of nonwoven material
  • Better: a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it
  • Best: a KN95 mask

To get you started, a limited number of KN95 masks will be made available on Main Campus. Students can swipe their OWLcards to receive one mask each. Masks will be distributed at the 

  • Charles Library security desk,
  • 1101 W. Montgomery Ave. (Bell Building),
  • Howard Gittis Student Center Information Desk and 
  • TECH Center security desk. 

High-quality surgical and KN95 masks are readily available online and in stores and pharmacies. Please be sure to acquire enough masks to last you through the semester.

KN95 masks for COVID-19 use

While they are not washable, with proper care your KN95 masks should be reusable for an extended period of time.

You can see tips on how to increase the lifespan of your KN95 mask below.

Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is no longer requiring isolation rooms to be set aside for students who test positive for COVID-19.

University Housing and Residential Life as well as contact tracers will be working with any student who tests positive. Those who do test positive are encouraged to isolate at home and away from campus. We will, however, have a limited number of isolation rooms available for students as needed.

We continue to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to quarantine and isolation. While a negative test is not required to leave isolation, a negative test will be required to return to a campus residence hall.

On-campus Housing Updates

In accordance with city mandates, all students must be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. If you do not meet one of these requirements, you may be excluded from on-campus buildings and events.  As long as we continue to be over 90% vaccinated as a campus community, students, faculty and staff with approved exemptions will no longer be required to test.

On-campus Operations

The Howard Gittis Student Center began operating under normal hours on Jan. 10. 

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight

  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dining

Students who are compliant with Temple’s vaccine requirement or waiver process can access university dining halls. 

View available dining services and see hours of operation for each location

Campus Recreation and Facilities

Campus Recreation facilities are open, but there may be service modifications in order to ensure safe usage of the facilities. Any updates will be posted to temple.edu/coronavirus

On-campus Parking

Students

You can find in-depth information on student parking options by visiting Campus Operations. From there, access our parking portal to determine permit types and rates.

Faculty and Staff

The Office of Parking Services made the following updates to the parking options available to employees. The office is no longer completing in-office transactions.

Student Housing and On-campus Life FAQ