We encourage all members of the Temple community to continue to stay informed and compliant with evolving guidance and best practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find the latest information about Temple’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, testing locations and scheduling, contact tracing, and more.
We highly recommend booster shots. Appointments are available through either Employee Health Services or Student Health Services. We 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.
Masks are now optional in all indoor, non-healthcare 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.
The effectiveness of one-way masking has been well-documented, and this is especially true with well-fitting masks.
In order 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.
Acting in defiance of the COVID-19 mitigation and containment efforts put in place by the university and the city of Philadelphia carries serious consequences. Sanctions for students in violation of COVID-19-related policies, such as refusing to participate in mandatory testing or cooperate with contact tracers, and other blatant disregard for the health and well-being of Temple University and the surrounding community, may result in disciplinary action such as revocation of university building access, removal from campus housing, suspension or expulsion.
Philadelphia’s Vaccination Requirements
To be compliant with the city of Philadelphia’s mandate, Temple students, faculty and staff must have either received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (rather than being fully vaccinated) or an approved medical or religious 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.
Symptomatic testing will continue to be available in Morgan Hall. All tests administered to students, faculty and staff will be done with rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.
Schedule an appointment at the Morgan Hall testing center by calling 215-204-7500 and selecting prompt 2 or by using the patient health portal and selecting the Morgan Hall clinic. Testing is done by appointment only and walk-ups will not be accepted.
COVID-19 tests are available free of charge at various pickup locations around campus. These can be acquired through your TUid card.
Employees on campus who are experiencing symptoms should call Employee Health Services at 215-204-2679. If employees are working remotely and develop symptoms or are identified as a close contact, they should contact their primary care provider immediately and should not come to campus.
Though the testing sites will be staffed, tests are self-administered. Those who are being tested will be given a test kit, which includes a test tube and nasal swab, and will follow step-by-step instructions to complete the test themselves.
Learn more about what to expect when making an appointment for a self-swab test.
Test results will be available between 12 and 36 hours after your test. Negative test results will be texted or emailed. Students can opt in to receive text messages from Student Health Services by visiting the Forms section of the health portal.
Those who receive a positive test result will get a call from a Student Health Services staff member, who will provide you with information about what you should do next. You can also download a PDF of your test results from the Lab Results tab in the health portal.
Be sure to update your contact information in TUportal to ensure we have your current phone number and address on file. You can do this by logging in to TUportal, clicking Manage My Account in the upper right corner, and selecting Manage Addresses and Phones.
Testing and Exposure FAQ for Employees
Answers to employees’ frequently asked questions about testing and exposure to COVID-19, including information for faculty members if a student tests positive, are provided below.
If you still have questions after reviewing the material below, please contact the COVID-19 liaison in your school, college or unit.
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 to move students as needed.
We continue to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to quarantine and isolation.
Contact tracing will continue with a specific focus on containing clusters. Classrooms will receive notifications when there is a positive test, and many of these will be sent through an automated system, as they were during the Omnicron surge at the end of 2021.
Contact tracing is the process of tracking and alerting individuals who have been exposed to the virus. When someone tests positive for or is likely to have COVID-19, contact tracing is how the people they have come into close contact with—and who might have been exposed to the virus—are identified, monitored and supported. The patient’s identity isn’t discussed with the contacts.
Temple’s Contact Tracing Unit, developed by Health Services and in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, uses interviews and available data to find out where someone who tested positive has been and what areas are the highest risk spaces. Physical distancing and wearing masks helps lessen the risks for all university spaces.
Temple’s internal contact tracing unit will continue to interview those who test positive for COVID-19 and identify close contacts. Unvaccinated close contacts will be required to quarantine for five days, including being kept out of class. Close contacts who have received booster shots will be required to get tested for COVID-19 but will not need to quarantine.
Isolation housing for those who require it will be available on Main Campus in Johnson Hall.
Learn more about contact tracing at Temple.
The university has lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions for the 2022–2023 academic year. Learn more about Temple’s international travel policy.
Review the university's coronavirus response pages for more detailed information regarding university travel.