Fall 2021 - Return to Campus

Announcement from Dean Panyam

Updated COVID-19 Information for Fall 2021 Return to Campus


Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

We remain excited to get the Fall 2021 semester started on Monday, August 23. The plan is still to make a full return to campus with in-person classes. Please review the guidelines below and take the indicated actions as necessary.

Masks & Hygiene 

Masks are required in all Temple University buildings and enclosed spaces (e.g., shuttle buses) and outdoors when a safe distance from others can’t be maintained, regardless of your vaccination status. Unless you’re eating, drinking or alone in a private office, you’re required to wear your mask. Failure to wear a mask may result in discipline in accordance with university policy. In addition, good hand hygiene, and avoiding large crowds—especially indoors—all work to keep us from contracting or spreading the virus. 



In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, all Temple University faculty, staff, and students must be vaccinated and must upload their vaccination card by Friday, October 15. Please see the vaccination deadlines below according to the brand of vaccine. Documented medical and religious exemptions are permitted. 


Vaccination dates for full efficacy:

● Pfizer vaccine first dose by September 10; second dose by October 1

● Moderna vaccine first dose by September 3; second dose by October 1

● J&J vaccine by October 1 

We urge you to get vaccinated for your health and safety and for that of all those with whom you come in contact as soon as possible. Click here to schedule a vaccination appointment with Health Services now. Health Services offers the Pfizer vaccine. You can find vaccines in your area at vaccine.gov. Temple Health is also providing vaccinations and offers all three versions. 

If you are already vaccinated, please prepare to return to campus by uploading your vaccination card at shs-portal.temple.edu. Vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in Temple University’s COVID-19 testing program. Those who have not uploaded proof of vaccination are considered unvaccinated and will be regularly tested for COVID-19 until the vaccination mandate goes into effect on October 15.


Vaccination Exemption

To request a medical or religious exemption, log in to the patient health portal, scroll down and click on “Forms.” You’ll see the "COVID-19 Waiver - Medical Reason" and “COVID-19 Waiver - Religious Reason” request forms.

Unvaccinated faculty and staff coming to campus as part of their work schedule or for other purposes have been required to be tested effective July 19. Unvaccinated students who are returning to campus for the fall semester will be tested regularly starting Monday, August 23. Those in this group will receive an individual email with testing instructions.


Testing for Unvaccinated & Vaccine Exempt Individuals

The university’s mandatory surveillance testing program requires testing as frequently as twice weekly for those who are exempted from being vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as those who are not yet vaccinated in advance of the October 15 deadline, and begins when you arrive on campus. Failure to comply with testing may result in disciplinary measures including but not limited to revocation of access to Temple’s buildings, including residence halls. 


The following testing sites will be operating on Main Campus and one at the Health Sciences Center. Please note that testing is done by appointment only and walk-ups will not be accepted. 

Main Campus

Mitten Hall, Great Court

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Paley Hall, Lower Level Room G2

Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Health Sciences Center

Student Faculty Center, Room 108

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Testing Positive

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate themselves regardless of their vaccination status. Isolation housing for students who require it will be available on Main Campus in Johnson Hall. Acting in defiance of the COVID-19 mitigation and containment efforts put in place by the university and the city of Philadelphia carries serious consequences. Failure by students or employees to comply with the vaccine mandate or COVID-19 mitigation and containment efforts may result in exclusion from university premises and/or the imposition of university sanctions in accordance with university policy.  


Students have inquired about what accommodations the School of Pharmacy will provide to students who contract the virus and miss exams, IPPEs/APPEs, and other important curriculum requirements. As we have been doing for the past 18 months, Student Services will work with each student to make sure they can satisfy course and curricular requirements if they should contract COVID-19.


Contact Tracing

Temple’s internal contact tracing unit will continue to interview those who test positive for COVID-19 and identify close contacts. Unvaccinated close contacts will be required to quarantine, including being kept out of in-person classes. Fully vaccinated close contacts will be required to get tested for COVID-19 but will not need to quarantine. 


In-Person vs. Online Curriculum Delivery

A short statement from the university addressing online classes is below:

  • The PharmD program you are enrolled in is not available as an online program. While there may be some online courses available (e.g., RAQA electives), PharmD is a degree program offered predominantly in person.
  • We are committed to providing an exceptional experience to all students. We are sensitive to individual circumstances as well. As with all such circumstances, the School of Pharmacy will try to accommodate the needs of individual students in accordance with university policy.
  • If there is a health-related reason for missing in-person classes, please contact Temple University Disability Resource Services to discuss appropriate accommodations.


We will continue to keep you informed of any changes, including those related to the delivery format of the curriculum. 


Thank you and stay well.



Jayanth Panyam, PhD

Dean & Professor of Pharmaceutics


Additional Resources

You can always refer individuals to the university sources for more information:

Link to Temple Announcements: https://news.temple.edu/announcements

Link to student compliance information from Mark Denys and Stephanie Ives: https://news.temple.edu/announcements/2021-08-13/fall-2021-covid-19-compliance

Link to continually updated fall 2021 and vaccine talking points: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LGzE2gFl-_-BxqmxSEyYGacyL9ZCswnyICjf5-uWfsE/edit?usp=sharing

Link to continually updated COVID site: https://www.temple.edu/coronavirus

Link to Faculty/Staff COVID Guidance: https://tuportal5.temple.edu/web/home-community/guidance-for-faculty

Link to Syllabus Guidance: https://teaching.temple.edu/sites/teaching/files/resource/pdf/Accessible%20Fall%202021%20COVID-19%20Syllabus.pdf