Temple Announces Plans for Fall Semester

Temple University announced plans to reopen in person for the 2020 fall semester Tuesday.

The announcement comes after Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to move Philadelphia from the red phase to yellow on June 5.

The University will be using a phased approach to slowly reopen over the next few months. The first phase starts with construction workers making changes to buildings, and the final phase will begin as students move into university housing mid-August. The fall semester will officially begin on August 24, the first day of classes.

“While many questions remain, I am confident we can open on time as a residential university, and operate in a way that reduces the risks to our community’s health while continuing to offer quality educational experiences to our students,” President Richard M. Englert said in an email.

The University says there will be a blend of in-person classes and online instruction. They have also set four public health pillars that students and faculty will be expected to follow.

Everyone will be required to wear face coverings in campus buildings and wash their hands frequently. Also, everyone must continue to follow social distancing guidelines and monitor their own health on a daily basis.

The University also announced that they will end on-campus presence on Friday, November 20 and not have students return after the Fall break. The remaining week of classes, study days, and finals will be conducted remotely.

For the University’s full announcement, click here.

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