Last spring, Temple’s faculty transitioned to fully online instruction in a short period of time in order to safeguard the health of our community. We are approaching classroom instruction with the benefit of that experience and the hindsight it brings.

Academic Calendar Updates

Temple will start the fall semester on Aug. 24 and end the on-campus presence on Nov. 20, when fall break begins. The remaining week of classes, study period and finals will be conducted remotely.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a class, the withdrawal policy has been revised to extend the deadline for withdrawing from one or more courses to the last day of classes. For fall 2020 full-term courses, the deadline is Dec. 7. Please check the university's academic calendar to view part-of-term-specific withdrawal deadlines.

These changes give us an opportunity to reduce public health risks and finalize plans for the spring 2021 semester. They also allow us to assess the fall semester’s success and plan accordingly if changes need to be made for the spring. Faculty should be prepared to adjust plans on short notice.

Course Formats

On Sept. 3, President Englert and Provost Epps announced that all classes will pivot to online learning. All in-person courses, except for essentials-only courses, have been suspended for the fall semester.

We have developed a video that provides information on course formats and has instructions on how to read and adjust schedules. It is a good resource for advisors and program coordinators who may have students reaching out to them with questions about the course formats being offered.

Class Attendance

The university’s attendance policy has been standardized to accommodate students who are ill or are required to self-quarantine for a period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honesty, Flexibility and Academic Integrity

To achieve course learning goals, students must participate in classes that are taught remotely, or attend in-person classes, to the extent that they are able. Though increased flexibility will be granted, in all cases, course assessments such as assignments, tests and exams must be completed for learning goals to be reached.

Enforcing Healthy Behaviors

It is the expectation that everyone will wear a facial covering while attending in-person classes. However, if the situation arises where this is not the case, faculty should use the “Five Rs” to enforce healthy behavior from their students.

  • Remind. If you notice that students are not wearing their facial coverings or are wearing them improperly, remind them that it should cover their nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  • Request. All students are required to wear masks indoors or in locations where it is hard to maintain physical distance. Faculty should ask students who are not wearing a mask to put one on.
  • Refuse. It is in everyone’s best interest to follow the four pillars of public health. If students are noncompliant, instructors can refuse to proceed with class until everyone is practicing safe behaviors. Noncompliant students can step out of class and return once they adhere to the safety guidelines.
  • Reschedule. Instructors may also choose to reschedule class if they are met with noncompliant students.
  • Refer. Faculty should report disruptive students who do not follow facial covering requirements to Student Conduct for possible disciplinary action.

Remember, free masks are readily available on campus. If a student needs one, you can direct them to the security desk in any campus building or to one of the four distribution locations below.

  • Charles Library security desk
  • TECH Center security desk
  • Student Center Information Desk
  • Temple University Police Station (Bell Building)

University Libraries Access

Charles Library on Main Campus, the Charles E. Krausz Library Temple’s Ambler Library, the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library and the Law Library are all open.

New safety measures have been implemented to help protect patrons as they access these facilities. We also encourage users to take advantage of the available virtual resources, which include digitized collections and ebooks. 

For more information about the reopening, please check the university libraries website for details on what to expect when you visit.

Tips for Online Teaching

Adrienne Shaw, associate professor of media studies and production in the Klein College of Media and Communication, shares some ideas for how faculty can find innovative ways to engage with students as they teach online.