Temple University Covid-19 Information


Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area and in accordance with new mandates issued by the city of Philadelphia Board of Health, Temple University now requires all students, faculty, staff and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health and wellness of our community.  

This policy applies to you if: 

  • You are eligible to be vaccinated (i.e. you are 12 years old or older). 

  • You are participating in a course or program that takes place in person on one of Temple’s Pennsylvania campuses, or in another US location. 

Temple is providing you with two ways to comply with this policy. You can: 

  1. Upload a vaccination record, such as a CDC-issued card or other proof of vaccination from a medical provider. 

  1. Request a religious or medical exemption.

Click here to submit your vaccination documentation or your request for an exemption. 

You will later be able to access this information at anytime by logging into your account at https://noncredit.temple.edu and clicking “My Applications.” 


Temple University is currently requiring all students, faculty, staff, and contractors to remain masked in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Your face mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times. 


Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated and who have uploaded their vaccine information are not required to participate in a regular testing program. Temple University will assume that you are unvaccinated until you provide evidence of being fully vaccinated. 

Please note that if you request a medical or religious exemption and it is approved, you will be required to submit weekly COVID-19 test results to Temple University.  Click here to submit a test result


If you are participating in an in-person class, you will be required to get a Temple University non-credit OWLcard as your photo identification to enter your classroom building. Your course or program director will provide you with more information on how to obtain your non-credit OWLcard. 



  1. My class is online, or I take a mix of online and in-person non-credit classes. What should I do? 

If you are vaccinated and participating in in-person OR remote classesyou should upload a vaccination record. Even if your current non-credit program is online, this will still allow you to access campus at any time as needed during the semester. 

If your program is taking place entirely online and you do not wish to provide vaccination documentation at this time,?your program director has certified that your course or program is taking place entirely online and that you will not come to campus. Please note that your building access to campus will be restricted immediately and you will not be permitted on any campus at any time until your documentation changes.

  1. The class or program I registered for takes place in person, but only for one day. Do I still need to provide proof of vaccination? 

Yes, you must provide proof of vaccination. Some programs or courses may allow you to provide proof of vaccination in person at the door. 

  1. How long do I have to be fully vaccinated? 

Temple defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after the date of your second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks after your first shot of Johnson and Johnson. If you are registered for a class in the fall 2021 semester, you must have your first shot by October 15 and your second shot by November 15. For future semesters, you must be fully vaccinated prior to your first class meeting. 

  1. Can I get tested for COVID-19 at Temple? 

At this time, we are unable to test non-credit students for COVID-19 on campus. We encourage you to use a non-Temple provider such as CVS, Walgreens, etc. to be tested. 

  1. Can I get vaccinated for COVID-19 at Temple? 

All three COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) are available for free through Temple University Hospital. Please visit https://www.templehealth.org/2019-novel-coronavirus/vaccine-information for more details and to make an appointment. 

  1. My student is not eligible to be vaccinated because they are under 12 years old. What should we do? 

Students who are not eligible to be vaccinated because they are under age 12 do not need to submit documentation at this time. Once your student turns 12, they will be expected to get vaccinated, or to request a religious or medical exemption. Students under age 12 are still expected to remain fully masked and socially distant while in their Temple non-credit classes. Please note that this guidance may change if vaccines are approved for children under age 12 in the future. 

  1. Do I need to submit proof of vaccination every time I register for a non-credit course? 

No. Your vaccination information will carryover from one class to another. It is possible, however, that Temple University may ask you to submit additional documentation in the future if vaccination guidance changes. 

  1. I need help using this form or uploading a file. Who can I go to? 

You may call 215-204-4866 from 9:30 am -4:00 pm on Monday through Friday to request help with submitting your documentation. You may also email noncredit@temple.edu. Some programs may also have events when you can visit in person to receive help with submitting your documentation. Please check with your program if that is a possibility for you. 

  1. I am a Temple student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses, or I am a Temple faculty member or employee. Do I have to follow the process listed here? 

No. If you are a Temple student, faculty, or staff member, you must submit your documentation through the Temple University patient health portal. The process described here is only for non-credit students who have no other relationship with Temple University. 

  1. I want to request a religious or medical exemption from vaccination. What should I do next? 

While the university would like 100% participation with vaccination, we recognize that exemptions may be warranted in some cases. Submit this form to request an exemption. Your request for an exemption will be reviewed and if it is approved, you must still wear a mask indoors, continue to practice physical distancing when among others and submit weekly COVID-19 test results. You can obtain COVID-19 testing at a non-Temple provider (e.g. CVS, Walgreens, etc.).

  1. What should I do if I am not comfortable with complying with this policy? 

The vaccination policy is a university-wide policy in accordance with a mandate from the City of Philadelphia. If you are not comfortable getting vaccinated, but do not have an approved religious or medical exemption on file with Temple University, you should speak with your program director about switching into an online version of your course or program. 


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