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

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

Plans for the Spring 2021 Semester

This spring, Temple will add more in-person instruction to the course schedule, increasing the number of students on campus. The university will expand its testing plan and contact tracing in an effort to keep campus case counts of the COVID-19 disease low.

All faculty and staff whose work puts them in direct contact with students will be able to take a free COVID-19 test twice a week. Employees who commute to campus for work will also be able to take a free COVID-19 test once a week. 

Details on testing locations for the spring will be provided later; however, the testing center in Morgan Hall is still available to anyone experiencing symptoms and those they have come in contact with. Learn more about testing and tracing on campus for the spring semester.

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 will temporarily modify its sick leave policy beginning July 1, 2020, and ending Dec. 31, 2020. During this time period, bargaining and non-bargaining 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 prior to Dec. 31, 2020, 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.