University operations during Fall Break and Thanksgiving holiday

Fall break and the Thanksgiving holiday are approaching. This message includes important information about university operations.

During fall break, from Monday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 23, no undergraduate classes will be held, but the university will function as normal. Students from graduate and professional schools should refer to their school's academic calendar for more specific schedule information.

The university will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. Essential personnel should check with their supervisors to coordinate schedules throughout the break.
Some services and offices may have abbreviated hours during fall break. Please use the following websites to check 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 Residence Halls
Undergraduate residence halls will close on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m. and will re-open on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. Students will be required to vacate their University housing assignment by 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, unless they have an approved extension. The last meal served prior to this break will be lunch on Saturday, Nov. 19. The first meal upon return from this break is dinner on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Please visit University Housing and Residential Life for additional information on housing extensions, meal exceptions, and the fall break.

Health Sciences Center (HSC)
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.

The following buildings at the Health Sciences Center (HSC) will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25, with normal business hours resuming Monday, Nov. 28.
•    School of Pharmacy
•    Kornberg School of Dentistry and the Old Dental School Building
•    Medical Office Building
•    Student Faculty Center

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. Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP) Clinical Practices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25.

Ambler Campus - Faculty and staff who need access to buildings during the holiday should call the TUPD Dispatch on Main Campus (215-204-1234) and an officer will meet you at your on-campus location. Clinical operations remain on normal patient schedule. The Ambler Arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk. Normal academic operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 28.

Center City (TUCC) will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and reopen on Monday, Nov. 28. The student computer lab will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Harrisburg will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and reopen on Monday, Nov. 28.

School of Podiatric Medicine will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.

Safety & Conservation Recommendations

Students living off-campus and leaving for fall break, please:
•    Turn off lights and power strips and unplug electrical equipment that will not be in use. Use light timers to make your home appear occupied at night.
•    If applicable, turn heat down to 60 degrees.
•    Be sure doors and 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.
•    Activate your security system if you have one and ask a neighbor to watch your home and report suspicious activity.
•    Check smoke detectors to make sure they are working.
•    Suspend mail delivery (you can do this online).
•    Take your valuables with you and update or create a home inventory by taking photos and listing descriptions and serial numbers of your belongings. Having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.
•    Leave the area and call police immediately if you return home and suspect someone was inside.
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 Campus Safety Services.

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Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!