Transition to Online Learning

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 will continue to follow the guidelines and restrictions put in place through local, state and federal governments, as well as guidance issued by public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please check your Temple email often and follow Temple’s social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.

Fall 2020 Scenarios and Contingency Planning

Our goal is to protect the safety of our community through prevention, contact tracing and containment. If our efforts are to succeed, we must recognize more than ever that we are a community that needs one another to come together to be safe and healthy. Please help your Owl educate themselves about our new measures aimed at protecting the entire Temple community.

Temple remains committed to carefully monitoring and responding to new information about COVID-19 and its impacts. In developing the return scenarios, our plans were flexible and they include contingencies for changing conditions over time. We were prepared to deviate from outlined plans in order to take swift actions to keep our community safe, which is our top priority. The university was ready to pivot to primarily online instruction at any point.

Scenarios under consideration explored a range of possibilities, from a slightly modified traditional semester, to a blend of smaller classes; continued online teaching; and gatherings that are limited in size, or anticipate greater use of online options.

A Phased Approach

When preparing for the fall semester, Temple employed a phased return approach. Each phase allowed additional people on campus in strictly regulated fashion. To ensure a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, measures aimed at protecting public health—centered around four pillars of use of face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and personal health monitoring—are in place.

Return to Campus Hotline

If you or your Owl have questions about what to expect on campus this fall, call the Return to Campus hotline at 215-204-4400. The hotline is operated by Temple’s Division of Student Affairs and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from Student Affairs are available to answer any questions that students and parents may have.