Your First Amendment rights and COVID-19

Dear Temple students:

We have heard that some students would like clarification about the relationship between Temple’s COVID-related guidelines and activities that are protected under the First Amendment. 

Please know that Temple’s COVID-19 protocols do not interfere with any student’s First Amendment right to assemble. To be clear, students are allowed to gather for First Amendment activities in ways that are consistent with citywide safety protocols and will not face discipline from Temple for such participation. As examples, students who want to volunteer for the upcoming elections, participate in protests, or attend gatherings that comply with city rules, will not be subject to university discipline.

Thank you and please continue to stay safe. 

Stephanie Ives
Dean of Students