The State, City and Temple Coming Together

Temple continues to do all we can to ensure the welfare of students, faculty and staff, as well as our greater community.

Guidance of our faculty and researchers led to a comprehensive series of plans, protocols and procedures. More than 150 people at all levels have been involved in this effort. These documents were submitted to education and health professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and city of Philadelphia. Both the state and city gave the university’s plans an intensive review, and our plans were approved. Temple has and will continue to build strong partnerships with city and state leadership.

Required Online Training

Temple’s Office of Human Resources developed an online Learning and Development training module for employees to complete prior to returning to campus. The required training emphasizes guidelines for the health and safety of the Temple community, including the university’s four public health pillars, what is expected of employees when they return, what measures to take if employees are sick and need to report symptoms, and more. To access the training, select “Human Resources Training” from the TUapplications channel in TUportal.

Employee Safety Protocols

Temple has established safety protocols for all employees. The purpose of the protocols are to 

  • ​ensure individual employee safety; 
  • ensure safe conditions in university spaces; and 
  • provide guidelines for employee safety for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, or as determined by the university leadership.​

The protocols provide guidance for adhering to the four public health pillars while on campus.

  • Everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors to lessen the possibility that you may spread the disease to others, particularly if an employee is asymptomatic. 
  • To remain physically distant from others, keep a minimum of six feet, or two arms’ length, apart at all times to minimize the chance of breathing droplets from an infected individual. Contact your supervisor if you’re unable to remain physically distant at work.
  • Wash hands at least hourly (if you are working with members of the public) with soap and warm water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Avoid touching high-touch points (such as elevator buttons or door handles).
  • Check your temperature before reporting to work each day and keep track of symptoms you may be experiencing. Gain an understanding of your personal baseline body temperature. Monitor your health for the symptoms below.

They also detail what employees should do if they feel sick, including the following.

  • Employees should monitor their health for symptoms.
  • Employees who experience these symptoms should not report to work and they should contact their supervisors and Employee Health Services to begin contact tracing, if needed.

Employees should review the full safety protocols guide for specific details, including what to do if emergency care is necessary, if they suspect they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and more. Log in to TUportal below and access the safety protocols from the “Return to Campus” tab.

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 “Return to Campus” tab.

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.