Information regarding Fall break and Thanksgiving 2019

During fall break from Monday, Nov. 25, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, no undergraduate classes will be held, but the university will function as normal.

Please note: Classes at some professional schools (including the Kornberg School of Dentistry, the Beasley School of Law, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Podiatric Medicine) will still be in session during this time. Students from professional schools should refer to their school’s academic calendar for more specific scheduling information.

The university will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29.

Essential personnel should check with their supervisors to coordinate schedules throughout the break.

Some services and offices may have abbreviated hours during the break. Use the following websites for hours of operation.
Campus Recreation
Cherry Pantry
Dining Services
Employee Health Services
Howard Gittis Student Center
Parking Services
Shuttle Services
Student Faculty Center (HSC)
Student Health Services
TECH Center
Tuttleman Counseling Services
University Libraries

Undergraduate residences will close for fall break on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Check the University Housing and Residential Life website for more information and reminders before leaving.

Students living off-campus and leaving for fall break, please:

  • activate your security system, if you have one;
  • ask a neighbor to watch your home and report suspicious activity;
  • be sure your door and window locks work properly;
  • check smoke detectors to make sure they are working;
  • suspend mail delivery (you can do this online);
  • take your valuables with you;
  • use light timers to make your home appear occupied at night;
  • leave the area and call police immediately if you return home and suspect someone was inside; and
  • update or create a home inventory by taking photos and listing descriptions and serial numbers of your belongings. In the event of a burglary, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.

Students not leaving for fall break are encouraged to use the Walking Escort program offered through Campus Safety Services, available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Call 8-WALK (8-9255) from a campus phone or 215-777-9255 to request a security escort. For more information on safety resources, visit

In addition:

  • Temple University Center City will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and resume normal business hours Monday, Dec. 2.
  • Faculty and staff who need access to any buildings on Ambler Campus during the holiday must report to the campus police station in Bright Hall and present their OWLcard. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.
  • Temple Harrisburg will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and resume normal business hours Monday, Dec. 2.
  • The School of Podiatric Medicine will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and resume normal business hours Monday, Dec. 2.
  • Temple Administrative Services Building (TASB) will be open during the holiday. Employees needing building access must check in with security at the front desk.
  • The following buildings at the Health Sciences Center (HSC) will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, with normal business hours resuming Monday, Dec. 2.
    School of Pharmacy
    Kornberg School of Dentistry
    Medical Office Building
    Old Dental School
    The Student Faculty Center

The Medical Education and Research Building (MERB) is open around the clock.  Access to Kresge Science Hall (including Kresge West) and Medical Research Building (MRB) is through MERB.

If access is needed to any other HSC building that isn’t accessible by card swipe, report to the Temple Police station at Parkinson Pavilion (Broad and Tioga streets). If you have permission to access an HSC building via the card swipe access system, and plan to do so, alert Campus Safety Services at 1-1234.

Ensure your safety and the safety of others by not propping open doors, even for a moment.

Lastly, do your part for energy conservation.

  • Turn off lights and power strips, and unplug electrical equipment that will not be in use.
  • If applicable, turn heat down to 60 degrees.
  • For safety and energy efficiency, be sure windows are closed and locked when you leave, regardless of the temperature outside. A window left open even slightly can lead to frozen and broken pipes.
  • Draw blinds and close curtains.