During the pandemic, Temple developed new and revised policies and resources for faculty and staff. These changes are intended to support employees’ well-being.

The university also supports faculty with classroom instruction. Learn more about teaching online and enforcing healthy behaviors in the classroom.

Heading into the fall 2022 semester, the city of Philadelphia’s vaccine mandate for institutions of higher education is still in effect; all students, faculty and staff are required to have the original vaccine series and we also highly recommend that everyone get booster shots.

Testing

To help lower the risk of transmission posed by COVID-19 variants, the university is asking all community members to self-test before returning to on-campus work for the fall 2022 semester. Tests are available for free from the government.

If you do test, please submit your results, including results from at-home tests, to the patient health portal by uploading a photo of your test. If you tested positive, you do not need to test again for 90 days as false positives may result.

The university will continue to offer symptomatic testing in Morgan Hall. All tests administered to students, faculty and staff at Paley Hall and the Student Faculty Center will be done with rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

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 do regular asymptomatic testing.

Learn more about testing at the university.

Boosters

We ask that all members of our community who have been fully vaccinated to get a booster shot if eligible, which means you have been fully vaccinated for at least five months if you received a two-shot vaccine or at least two months if you received a one-shot vaccine. Booster shots are available from Temple Health System.

Quarantine and Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the updated guidelines from the CDC regarding quarantine and isolation.

  • Isolate for five days, leaving quarantine on day six if your symptoms have improved and you do not have a fever.
  • Those leaving quarantine on the sixth day must continue to wear a mask while around others for five additional days.
  • After 10 days, continue to wear a mask according to Temple’s mask guidelines.

Mask Guidelines

Philadelphia’s mask guidelines no longer require masks to be worn in indoor spaces. However, the university will continue to require masks in clinical spaces and settings like the Kornberg School of Dentistry or School of Podiatric Medicine.

Members of Temple’s community should decide on their mask usage according to their level of comfort, but we ask that everyone carry a mask at all times and be willing to use it if asked in order to help our vulnerable members feel safe.

When wearing a mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using the most protective one you can find and making sure that it completely covers your nose and mouth.

Types of Masks

If you are concerned about COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself is to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

KN95 masks are available online, in stores and pharmacies. Project N95 is an online source of reliable high-quality masks.

International Travel

Restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted for the 2022–2023 academic year. Faculty and staff who plan to travel internationally must receive authorization from their school, college or division and register with the Office of Risk Management’s Global Health, Safety and Security team prior to travel. Airfare can be booked through Concur or through World Travel immediately.

If you have questions about the policy, contact Jacleen Mowery, senior director of global health, safety and security.
Email: jmowery@temple.edu

Read more about the international travel policy and other information regarding international travel.

Flexible Work Arrangements

Temple’s full-time and part-time employees can request accommodations through Human Resources, including requests for flexible work arrangements based on individual circumstances. To learn more, log in to TUportal below and access Temple’s flexible work arrangements guidelines in the COVID-19 Information tab.

Sick Time Policy Modification

One of the most important steps to keeping yourself and others safe is to monitor your own health and, if you are sick and/or exposed to COVID-19, stay home.

Temple has temporarily modified its sick leave policy beginning July 1, 2020. During this time period, bargaining and nonbargaining unit employees may not only request sick leave for their own illness, but they may also request sick leave from their current and banked time so they may

  • isolate due to acquiring COVID-19 and/or quarantine due to being identified as a “close contact” of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and/or
  • care for family members who are sick due to COVID-19.

As with all absences, Temple may require documentation. The university will also continue to follow all relevant rules regarding attendance as well as Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements. If you need additional information regarding FMLA leave, contact Absence Management at 215-926-2282 or email loa@temple.edu.

The university will continue to monitor the effectiveness and challenges associated with this modification. This flexibility modification may cease in any department in which excessive use of sick time may occur.

Well-being Programs

Temple is committed to the well-being of its employees during this time. Human Resources provides the following tools and resources so employees can seek support. 

Please note that in order to participate in the Independence Blue Cross and Magellan Behavioral Health resources, coverage under the university benefit plans is required. LifeWorks resources are available to all full-time employees.