Temple is committed to the well-being of all members of our campus community. Each of us has an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe. This effort includes staying informed on the university’s testing and contact-tracing initiatives and policies, and understanding when and how to get tested.
Once you are fully vaccinated, you will not be required to participate in the university’s surveillance testing program. Each person who gets vaccinated is taking an important step in helping the entire Temple community return to a more normal life. Learn more about the vaccines and explore COVID-19 vaccine availability in Pennsylvania.
The Temple community must comply with all university protocols and city regulations for the 2021 summer sessions. At Temple, this includes obeying protocols for testing, contact tracing, and quarantining and isolating; limitations on social gatherings; and restrictions on guests in university housing. We have every confidence that Temple faculty, students and staff will continue to rise to the occasion and make us proud while keeping each other safe.
The university collects and shares information regarding active COVID-19 cases within the university community. View the COVID-19 dashboard.
Vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing program. Those who have not uploaded proof of vaccination are considered unvaccinated and will be regularly tested for COVID-19. Learn more about getting vaccinated and uploading your vaccine card to the patient health portal.
Unvaccinated faculty and staff coming to campus as part of their work schedule or for other purposes will be required to be tested starting July 19.
Unvaccinated students who are enrolled in summer sessions will continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19, as explained in May.
Unvaccinated students who are returning to campus for the fall semester will be tested regularly starting Monday, Aug. 23.
Those who will be required to be tested will receive an email with more information about the testing process and how to schedule testing appointments the week of July 5, 2021.
Summer 2021 Testing Protocols for Students
While the virus continues to spread, evidence across institutions of higher education shows strong testing and sanitizing protocols and full community compliance with public health measures are fundamental to keeping campus case counts low.
To continue to ensure the safety of our community, Temple has updated our COVID-19 testing plan for the 2021 summer sessions. New COVID-19 testing groups have been established based on the amount of time students are expected to spend on or in proximity to campus.
More information about the new COVID-19 testing groups is outlined below.
Answers to students’ frequently asked questions about testing and exposure to COVID-19 are provided below.
Temple University will continue to operate coronavirus sites on Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center and the School of Podiatric Medicine to help keep students, faculty and staff healthy.
Asymptomatic Testing Sites for Students
Testing at Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center and the School of Podiatric Medicine is reserved for asymptomatic students. Students should not schedule an appointment at these sites if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Asymptomatic Testing Sites for Employees
Testing sites primarily for university employees are located at Mitten Hall and the Student Center on Main Campus, as well as at the Health Sciences Center and Ambler Campus. Learn more about asymptomatic testing eligibility for employees below.
All testing is by appointment only, and only faculty and staff members who are eligible for testing as defined above should schedule testing appointments. Use the patient health portal each week to register for your appointments.
Symptomatic and Close Contact Testing
The testing center at Morgan Hall on Main Campus will continue to test those who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified by contact tracers as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Schedule online by selecting “Morgan Hall” or by calling 215-204-7500 and selecting prompt 2.
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.
University Testing Sites Locations and Hours
Appointments are required for all tests—walk-in appointments are not available. This is to help keep students safe by avoiding lines or crowding at the testing sites.
Employees with questions can contact Employee Health Services at 215-204-2679.
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 patient 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 patient 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.
Return to Campus and Testing Protocols for Employees
- If employees are traveling out of state, they must obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to Pennsylvania.
- Employees must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
- If employees are unable to get a test, the Pennsylvania Department of Health requires them to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the state and before coming to campus.
- Faculty working in clinical settings in our health science programs may be subject to additional requirements before returning.
Those commuting to work from neighboring states are exempt from the Pennsylvania requirements for travelers.
Employees who are planning to travel out of state in the near future should discuss their plans with their supervisor so they will be aware of what is required upon their return. If the need to quarantine due to out-of-state travel interferes with their ability to perform on-campus duties, employees may be required to cover absences with vacation or personal time.
Failure to follow these protocols will be considered a violation of university policy and subject to disciplinary action, revocation of building access or other sanctions.
Employee Testing and Exposure to COVID-19 FAQ
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.
Asymptomatic Testing Eligibility
Any unvaccinated faculty or staff member whose work includes routine in-person interaction with students is eligible to be tested twice per week. This work may include in-person instruction, providing direct student services or other duties that require in-person interaction for two days a week or more.
Any unvaccinated faculty and staff member whose work is on campus but does not include routine in-person interaction as defined above is eligible for testing once a week.
Student workers who provide evidence to Health Services of being fully vaccinated are not required to be tested. Those who are not fully vaccinated and are in roles that require work in campus facilities are subject to the testing requirements for students. Learn more about the summer 2021 testing program for students.
Answers to 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.
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.
As part of our containment strategy, we have been continually expanding the capacity of our Contact Tracing Unit. Once someone is identified as having tested positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate, and close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days. We have designated isolation and quarantine space on campus for those living in residence halls or in off-campus housing.
Learn more about contact tracing at Temple.