Updated at 5:26 p.m.
Only classes deemed essential will be held in person during the two week period, according to the announcement.
Temple was among a few universities in the Philadelphia area to go forward with its plan for a hybrid of in-person and online classes and to keep residence halls open before the fall semester began. The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and La Salle University all announced they would transition to mainly online instruction prior to their semesters beginning.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health asked students not to attend social gatherings of any size outside of their households on Aug. 29 in response to the outbreak, The Temple News reported.
“It’s not that students are having large parties, it is small social gatherings,” said Ray Betzner, a spokesperson for the university.
“It’s a combination of students who have been coming in with symptoms and students who have been coming in as a result of contact tracing,” Betzner added. “The numbers in the residence halls remain relatively low.”
The university has so far conducted more than 5,000 COVID-19 tests in the past two weeks, according to the announcement.
Temple is hopeful students can return to in-person classes, but will make that decision later, according to the announcement.
“The obvious hope is by doing this we’ll be able to identify the factors that are involved here and reduce the uptick in growth of cases,” Betzner said.
Charles Library, the TECH Center and the Student Center will remain open, as will residence and dining halls. Employees working on campus should continue to do so until otherwise notified, according to the announcement.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will partner with Temple to hold a testing event on Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aramark STAR Complex, according to the announcement.