- July 9: Sukant Misra, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, sent a memo to the campus community informing of the cancelation of all fall 2020 study abroad programs. Read More
- July 8: President Lawrence Schovanec and other university officials shared their support of international students in a letter to the campus community. Read More
- July 3: In accordance with Governor Abbott's executive order, face coverings are now mandatory in Texas and that includes the entire Texas Tech University campus.
- June 24: In a letter to the campus community, President Lawrence Schovanec outlined the Facial Covering Policy, which requires the campus to cover their faces while in buildings and other areas of campus. Read More
July 9, 2020
Sukant Misra, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, sent a memo to the campus community informing of the cancelation of all fall 2020 study abroad programs. Read More
July 8, 2020
President Lawrence Schovanec and other university officials shared their support of international students in a letter to the campus community. Read More
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- July 09, 2020 - Texas Tech Today: Despite Coronavirus, Texas Tech's Year-Over-Year Research Activity Is Up
- July 08, 2020 - Texas Tech Today: Students Find Ways To Stay Connected To Spain After Their Shortened Study Abroad Journey
- July 08, 2020 - Texas Tech Today: Health, Safety Top Priorities For Campus Life This Fall
- July 07, 2020 - Washington Post: Texas Sees Sharp Decline In Tax Revenue As Coronavirus Surge Unleashes More Budget Uncertainty
- July 07, 2020 - Texas Tribune: Texas Tech Tests The Waters For Fall Semester By Bringing 350 Students To Campus For Summer Classes
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- July 9, 2020: Sukant Misra, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, sent a memo to the campus community informing of the cancelation of all fall 2020 study abroad programs.
- July 8, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec and other university officials shared their support of international students in a letter to the campus community.
- June 24, 2020: In a letter to the campus community, President Lawrence Schovanec outlined the Facial Covering Policy, which requires the campus to cover their faces while in buildings and other areas of campus.
- June 16, 2020: In an email to campus, Procurement Services shared details of the updated travel policy.
- June 15, 2020: President Schovanec shared the decision to hold August commencement exercises virtually with the health and safety of graduates, their families and the university community in mind.
- June 10, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec shared the university's plans for a fall return to campus through the institution's TTU Commitment initiative.
- June 1, 2020: Human Resources distributed a memo outlining flexible work schedule guidance for Phase III – Restricted Operations, as some employees return to work.
- May 22, 2020: The offices of the Provost, Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources and the President issued a memo outlining Phase III, a return to on-campus work, beginning June 1.
- May 21, 2020: Vice President of Research & Innovation Joe Heppert shared guidance on returning to active research on campus.
- May 20, 2020: In a memo to the campus community, President Schovanec acknowledged the upcoming virtual commencement ceremony and invited graduates to visit his residence for photos with him and Raider Red.
- May 19, 2020: President Schovanec notified the campus community of continued online learning for the Summer II session and August Intersession, excluding a small number of in-person offerings that cannot effectively be delivered online.
- May 14, 2020: Joe Heppert, Vice President for Research & Innovation, shared with faculty and staff guidelines for requesting return to campus to conduct research activities.
- May 1, 2020: Jodie Billingsley, Assistant VP for Human Resources, reminded employees the university remains in Phase IV of the Emergency Remote Work Status Operational Phases.
- April 29, 2020: In a letter to the campus community, President Schovanec addressed the plan to safely resume in-person teaching in the fall.
- April 28, 2020: Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec sent a memo to students regarding the CARES Act and funding for expenses due to COVID-19.
- April 10, 2020: In a letter to the campus community, President Lawrence Schovanec shared updates on student fees for Summer Session I and an expansion to the Red Raider Guarantee tuition program.
- April 8, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec and Provost Michael Galyean announced grading option for the Spring 2020 semester.
- April 6, 2020: In a letter to the Texas Tech family, President Lawrence Schovanec shared his pride in the response of the campus community since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- April 6, 2020: The CDC announced guidelines allowing the use of viral RNA extraction kits in COVID-19 testing; Vice President of Research Joe Heppert reached out to faculty asking for spare kits that may exist across campus.
- April 2, 2020: Human Resources outlined information in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
- March 30, 2020: Human Resources distributed a memo containing a link the Designated Essential Employee Approval Form, in response to Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope's Stay at Home Order.
- March 28, 2020: Vice President of Research Joe Heppert asked TTU faculty and staff to do another sweep of laboratories and research space for PPEs that can be donated to health care professionals.
- March 27, 2020: The newly-establish Hiring Review Committee shared information regarding the review and approval process of the hiring of all open positions at the university after March 26.
- March 27, 2020: Provost Michael Galyean provided a message to faculty regarding the first week of online learning, sharing the resources available to them during the transition.
- March 27, 2020: Information on prorated housing and dining refunds and credits was presented by President Lawrence Schovanec. Earlier in the day, he released a video introducing this information.
- March 26, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec announced the hiring review committee for faculty and staff positions. All new hires after March 28 require committee approval.
- March 25, 2020: University Chief Information Officer Sam Segran provided a list of best practices and other information for transitioning to online learning.
- March 24, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec detailed the move to Phase IV of the Emergency Remote Work Status Operational Phases, which reduces on-campus staffing to those whose positions are mission critical.
- March 23, 2020: In a memo to University faculty and staff, CFO Noel Sloan and Assistant Vice President for Operations Sean Childers shared information on building access as work schedules become modified.
- March 23, 2020: The Office of the Provost produced an academic affairs FAQ page providing information on course delivery, thesis/dissertation defenses and many other questions that have arisen during the transition to online learning.
- March 22, 2020: In response to the need and potential shortage of personal protective equipment in the region, an outreach across Texas Tech University and the Health Sciences Center for available materials was issued by Vice President for Research Joe Heppert. This message follows previous communication to the TTU community March 21.
- March 19, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec informed the university community that in-person commencement ceremonies will be canceled, but plans for a virtual ceremony are underway.
- March 18, 2020: Notification of student who tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning from overseas was shared with the campus community by President Lawrence Schovanec.
- March 17, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec detailed information regarding online course instruction, campus dining, residence halls, among other areas, with the campus community.
- March 17, 2020: Effective immediately, Texas Tech researchers must begin working from home, per Vice President of Research and Innovation Joe Heppert. The letter outlined necessary steps for the transition.
- March 17, 2020: The Office of the President and Human Resources introduced a website through HR that offers guidance and provides resources for both managers and employees.
- March 16, 2020: All summer Study Abroad and Maymester programs are canceled; the memo also details information on reimbursements for Study Abroad and associated travel.
- March 16, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec announced modified work policies for campus employees, beginning the process of remote work from home.
- March 15, 2020: TTU System Chancellor Tedd Mitchell shared a system-wide initiative via video regarding a modified work policy across the System's component institutions. President Lawrence Schovanec shared the video in a message with the campus community.
- March 13, 2020: The Office of the CIO shared helpful links and staff contact information for faculty and staff to reference during the transition to online learning and work.
- March 13, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec gave a brief update on residence halls, student recreation center, Student Union Building and Student Health Services operations.
- March 12, 2020: In response to questions from the campus community, President Lawrence Schovanec shared an online repository for frequently asked questions and asked the community to continue submitting questions to his office's email account as he did March 11.
- March 12, 2020: Information on extending spring break and canceling a week of classes, event schedules and campus operations was outlined by President Lawrence Schovanec.
- March 9, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec addressed Study Abroad updates and cancelations, University-sponsored travel, and personal travel.
- March 6, 2020: Jodie Billingsley, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, asked all employees to follow steps to help reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace.
- March 2, 2020: Links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information and the University's COVID-19 website were shared by President Lawrence Schovanec. Contact information for various campus offices to assist faculty, staff and student questions were included.
- January 27, 2020: President Lawrence Schovanec issued communication to the campus community regarding the outbreak and symptoms of a new virus in China. The university also is monitoring the Study Abroad program as the situation develops.