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.
Vaccines and Testing
As stated in the Oct. 6, 2021, announcement by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, all staff, students and faculty at colleges and universities in the city must have either received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption by Friday, Oct. 15. Please read important information about when you will need to receive your first and second doses. You can schedule an appointment to get your vaccine on campus or upload your vaccine information through Temple’s student health portal.
At this time, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. Those who have not uploaded proof of vaccination to Temple’s student health portal are considered unvaccinated and will be regularly tested for COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to testing twice weekly starting Monday, Aug. 23, as well as additional restrictions like limited opportunities for gathering in groups or partaking in close-quarter university activities.
If you are required to test, you will need to schedule your first test within 24 hours of check-in and testing will continue throughout the semester. Learn important information about getting tested on campus.
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 as well as read more about vaccinations, testing plans and housing updates for on-campus living.
In light of the Philadelphia mask mandate announcement, the university will again require that masks be worn indoors and in enclosed spaces such as shuttle buses. For residence halls, this means masks must be worn in all communal spaces, including study lounges, lobbies, hallways and common areas. You are not expected to wear a mask within the confines of your own room. Guests, including those assisting with move-in, are expected to adhere to this requirement.
Students are also required to wear masks when attending large, non-seated outdoor events.
Masks have been the single most important component of prevention. That, good hand hygiene, monitoring your health, and avoiding large crowds—especially indoors—all work to keep us from contracting or spreading the virus.
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 W. Montgomery Ave. (Bell Building)
- Howard Gittis Student Center Information Desk
- TECH Center security desk
Masks are also available to buy online through our mask storefront.
Students who test positive or presumed positive for COVID-19, or have been deemed a close contact, defined as closer than six feet for 15 or more minutes to a person who has tested positive for or presumed to have COVID-19, should follow the instructions below.
Fall 2021 Updates
As communicated in a message from Chancellor Englert, our plan for the fall semester is to be primarily in person with a substantial number of students returning to campus. We hope to return to a vibrant campus experience, with our residence halls, dining halls, Student Center and academic buildings, as well as our athletic and recreational facilities, open this fall. More details about our increased campus presence will become available as we approach the fall semester.
Campus Recreation and Facilities
Fall semester hours of operation will begin on Monday, Aug. 23. Reservations are no longer required to use the facilities. Virtual recreation resources are still offered. Please check Campus Recreation's Hours of Operation page for the most up-to-date schedules.
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.