Here, you'll find the most up-to-date information on Temple's return as well as the people and the plans that are making that possible.
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.
You can find all the information you need for a safe, healthy Temple experience in the Return to Campus Guide (PDF). Access the guide by logging in to TUportal.
These are our overarching goals for the semester.
- Safeguard lives: Keeping individuals in and around the Temple community healthy and safe is our top priority.
- Safeguard the institution: Temple is devoted to its community and providing the resources necessary to learn. Protecting the institution means creating safe learning environments and connecting students with learning tools and support services.
- Provide a quality education: By safeguarding lives and the institution, we are able to continue to provide the quality education our students expect and deserve.
Fall Scenarios and Return Phases
Temple employed a phased return approach for the semester. 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.
When employed, a phased approach allows us to assess our protocols and ensure that they produce the best possible results through each of the phases of reopening. All planning efforts and continued support of state and local authorities allow for a highly fluid situation. The university was ready to pivot to primarily online instruction at any point.
Scenarios considered 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. The four scenarios are reasonably normal, restricted semester, essentials only and comprehensive remote. All plans have included contingencies for changing conditions over time. The university consistently monitors and responds to new information about COVID-19 and its impacts, and are prepared to deviate from outlined plans in order to take swift actions to keep our community safe. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are always our top priority.
Temple Return Team
Temple’s Return Team, made up of representatives from every area of campus, continues to meet regularly and build out potential scenarios and plans for campus life over the next several months. Each team member is working tirelessly to determine ways to maximize safety while maintaining the same quality of education and college experience that you expect.
As part of the return planning process, the team has also surveyed students about their perspectives and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results of these surveys, in addition to government mandates and public health guidelines, inform the Return Team's planning.