The global pandemic has affected many of Temple’s normal on-campus operations. Find out everything you need to know about changes on our campuses, including changes that impact student housing, parking and facilities.
Return to Campus Information for Students
As we prepare for the spring amid uncertainty, the university continues to monitor guidance from the city and state to make the return to campus as safe as possible. Students returning to campus for the spring 2021 semester should review the requirements below. Should circumstances change over time, we are prepared to deviate from our plans in order to keep our community safe and healthy.
In addition to complying with the university’s testing program, residential students are expected to comply with all university protocols and city regulations. At Temple, this includes adhering to protocols for testing, contact tracing, and quarantining and isolating; limitations on social gatherings; and restrictions on guests in university housing.
Students are encouraged to check their Temple emails regularly over winter break for additional information about move-in, quarantine/isolation procedures, and the COVID-19 testing plan described in the most recent message from President Englert and Provost Epps.
Spring 2021 Commencement
For the university’s spring 2021 graduates, Temple is designing a series of school- and college-based graduation ceremonies to take place over several days on and around May 6, 2021.
Although it is unlikely that we will be able to host several thousand people at a single universitywide Commencement in the Liacouras Center, we want to make sure each graduating student can hear their name called, cross the stage and be recognized, if they choose to participate. Graduates who cannot attend the ceremonies in person will also be recognized by name if they choose. Regardless of how they are held, these ceremonies will be live-streamed on May 6 so that graduates, family and friends can watch from wherever they are.
As safety regulations evolve, we encourage you to check our Commencement 2021 website for the most up-to-date information. Students can also find more information about Commencement below.
Spring 2021 Updates
Our plan is for Main Campus to remain open in the spring. Residence halls, Charles Library, the TECH Center, Campus Recreation and other services that support student life will continue to be available for in-person use. In addition, a full slate of online resources, including the Career Center, Wellness Resource Center and Tuttleman Counseling Services, will continue to be available.
Additional details about on-campus operations—such as new information about how indoor and outdoor events, including those of our student organizations, will be managed this spring; how students will be able to reserve spaces in the TECH Center, Charles Library and certain recreation facilities; and what other new areas will be available on campus—will become available as the semester continues.
Fall 2021 Updates
As communicated in President Englert’s latest message, our plan for the fall semester is to be primarily in person with a substantial number of students returning to campus. We hope to return to a vibrant campus experience, with our residence halls, dining halls, student center and academic buildings, as well as our athletic and recreational facilities, open this fall. More details about our increased campus presence will become available as we approach the fall semester.
Changes to Main Campus
Hear from Dozie Ibeh, associate vice president for the project delivery group at Temple, to learn how Main Campus transformed to safeguard the health of the entire Temple community.
Faculty and Staff
The Office of Parking Services made the following updates to the parking options available to employees. The office is no longer completing in-office transactions.
A joint effort between Temple Library Systems, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Campus Safety, and Information Technology Services has brought 5,000 PPE masks to campus, intended for student use. Each student will be permitted up to two (2) masks per semester.
Students will be asked to swipe their Owlcard in order to keep track of the masks allotted. Schools and colleges across Temple campuses will also have masks available.
On Main Campus, masks will be distributed at the following locations.
- Charles Library security desk
- 1101 W. Montgomery Ave. (Bell Building)
- Howard Gittis Student Center Information Desk
- TECH Center security desk
Masks are also available to buy online through our new mask storefront.