Last updated March 30 | 10:41 am
CLASSES RESUME ONLINE ONLY ON MARCH 30
Professors will be contacting students on how to access their coursework for classes. Students, please be checking your TTU email often for updates and information.
- TTU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information HUB | Access to updated information related to COVID-19
- TTU Undergraduate Admissions FAQ | Find answers to questions about general admissions, campus visits, and events
- Informative videos related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Student Wellness Center | Provides students with healthcare needs from Urgent Care to a Full Service Pharmacy on site
- Online Student Resources | Access strategies for online student services, tips for success and resources
- Raider Red's Food Pantry | For modified hours of operation during spring break and beyond
- Office of the Dean of Students Raider Relief | Access to university and local community resources
Faculty & Staff
- Tools for Learning, Teaching, and Working Remotely at Texas Tech
- Transitioning to an Online Class
- Working From Home | Guidance and tools from Engineering IT Services
- One-Stop High Quality Video for Teaching Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra | Video produced by TTU Chinese Faculty and Staff Association
Student Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to my Labs?
- There are a variety of ways that labs will be handled, though most will include a synchronous/asynchronous video demonstration. Some of the WCOE Departments have been video recording lab experiments using graduate student. This may not have the same effect as a hands-on experience; however, we believe it will convey the necessary information. Also, some departments are developing virtual labs that will mimic the hands-on lab. These were to be used as trainers (like pilot flight trainers) prior to going into a lab, yet, they can be repurposed for situation like this.
How will this affect ABET accreditation of my program?
- This will not impact ABET accreditation per the ABET guidance at https://www.abet.org/accreditation/covid-19-update/
- "ABET understands the need for programs to temporarily modify program delivery methods in order to safeguard their communities during the current health crisis caused by COVID-19. It is not necessary to report any short term (current or summer semester) changes to program delivery or content to us. Should the changes or modifications to the program become permanent, please refer to the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (Section I.F.1.b.(2)) to formally notify us of any changes during the period of accreditation."
How will I be advised?
- The WCOE advisors have several methods for online advising:
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
- Skype for Business
- Please contact your advisor via email if you have questions. During this time, we ask for your patience in waiting for a response.
I would like to drop a course because of the COVID-19 pandemic but I'm afraid it will count against my state drop limit. Who should I contact?
- Students with questions about dropping or withdrawing because of the COVID-19 pandemic should discuss concerns with their academic advisors. Dropping a course and withdrawing from the university can carry significant financial and academic consequences.
- Per state statute, Texas Tech has the authority to extend the deadline to drop a course. That deadline has been extended to May 1, and students who drop a course because of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be penalized for doing so (i.e., the drop will not count against statutory student drop limits).
- The deadline to withdraw from the university as a result of the pandemic has been extended to May 1. Students considering a withdrawal should first consult with their academic advisors and then consult with Student Business Services and Financial Aid. Following such consultations, students considering withdrawal should express that interest to their academic deans' offices.
Where do I find the most current information from the Texas Tech Administration?
- The latest announcements and information regarding academic processes and services as it relates to modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at:
Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
Is there someone in the college that can help me figure out how to put my lectures online?
- In the coming weeks we are all going to venture into the unknown of offering our courses online, something most of us have zero experience with. It is important that all of us strive to do as much as we can to figure out for ourselves what works for us. The process of offering courses and exams online is something that we must each decide how to do for ourselves so that we are comfortable with the process when it really matters. The University has setup a webpage with all of the accumulated information available here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/remote/.
What exam tools are available?
- Dr. Fedler in CECE just confirmed with the University that we will all be able to use the Proctorio exam proctoring service during these emergency times. The details for how to use this system are available here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/blackboard/proctorio/index.php.
- Another option is the Respondus Lockdown Browser. The TTU eLearning page for Respondus is available here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/blackboard/instructor/respondus/.
- A PDF with instructions on how to get started with Respondus is available here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/blackboard/respondus_training.pdf.
Where can I find facts about the SARS-COV2, COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus?
- The CDC has assembled a page with information available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created an FAQ for FEMA's management of nationwide response efforts available here: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/faq.
- Given the pervasiveness of rumors, FEMA has also created a rumor control page available here: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a webpage available here: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1.
- The state of Texas webpage for Coronavirus information is here: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.
- The city of Lubbock has set up a webpage available here: https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/health-department/about-us/covid-19.
- An ArcGIS global map of cases and deaths is available here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
- Last, a good source of data, aggregated and visualized by a private party, is Our World in Data: https://ourworldindata.org/.
Notice of Cancellations
The health and safety of all members of the Texas Tech University community and our alumni and friends are our primary concern at this time.
- All classes have been canceled March 23-27 and will resume online only on March 30.
- Annual spring events on April 23-24, including the Dean's Council, Dean's reception and Distinguished Engineer luncheon, have been canceled. We anticipate rescheduling these events for the fall.
- All K-12 STEM Outreach events and activities hosted by the Whitacre College of Engineering have been canceled until further notice. This includes field trips, camps and clubs. Robotics competitions have been canceled for the remainder of the season.
Message from the Dean
March 16, 2020 | Al Sacco Jr., Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, gives the College's response to the COVID-19.